The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is demanding R17,000 a month per miner in the platinum sector, as wage talks with the biggest producers start, prompting an angry response from Sibanye-Stillwater.

Amcu, which has used R12,500/month as its rallying call since 2012 when it rose to prominence in the platinum industry, has adjusted its base demand to R17,000/month because of inflation, said the union’s president, Joseph Mathunjwa. The average basic wage for the lowest earners in the platinum industry is R11,500 a month..

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