Home > News > World
Tuesday June 3, 2014 MYT 7:35:02 PM
Tuesday June 3, 2014 MYT 7:36:17 PM
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is considering a government proposal to resolve a five-month platinum strike and will table it to its members this week, union president Joseph Mathunjwa said on Tuesday.
"We have responded to the minister's proposal," Mathunjwa told Reuters. He did not give details of the recommendations put forward last week by new mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, or AMCU's response.
However, he said he was encouraged by Ramatlhodi's stepping in during his first week in office between AMCU and the three main platinum houses - Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum, and Lonmin.
"For the first time we have someone who is willing to help," Mathunjwa said. "On his first day in office he set aside everything and dealt with this matter. We are encouraged by this."
Numerous rounds of talks to end what is already the most costly strike in South African mining history have fallen apart.
The labour court is currently mediating and Ramatlhodi, who was sworn in as a minister a week ago, has assembled a dedicated government team to negotiate a solution.
(Reporting by Zandi Shabalala; Editing by Ed Cropley)
South Africa's AMCU union cuts Implats wage demands
Exclusive - Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on
Putin accuses United States of damaging world order
Kurds deny Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani
Tunisian forces kill six after standoff with militants outside Tunis
Suspicious yellow powder sent to Canadian, Belgian, German, U.S. consulates in Istanbul
Doctor with Ebola in NY hospital, nurse declared virus-free
'Clever' Japan firm donates high-tech masks for Ebola fight
Anyone whose last name is Roosevelt gets a RM295 stay in iconic New York hotel
The Star Online exclusive: Listen to Neil Young's upcoming album
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)