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Court deals blow to platinum union

شعار Reuters Reuters 02/06/2014
Mineworkers take part in a march at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province, September 10, 2012. © Siphiwe Sibeko, Reuters Mineworkers take part in a march at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province, September 10, 2012. Mineworkers take part in a march at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province, September 10, 2012. © Siphiwe Sibeko, Reuters Mineworkers take part in a march at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province, September 10, 2012.

Johannesburg - A South African labour court threw out an urgent application on Monday by the AMCU union to stop platinum firms communicating directly with striking miners, dealing a blow to the union's attempt to stop the companies from sidestepping it.

Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin took their wage offers directly to strikers after talks with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) to end the five-month strike failed.

AMCU objected to the move and filed an urgent application to have it halted, but the union's lawyer, Jayson Kent, said the court had throw it out, arguing it was not an urgent matter.

"We were concerned that urgency might be an issue and it's turned out that it was the issue that has ultimately resulted in our failure here today," he told reporters outside the court. "There are other avenues that we could consider."

AMCU is demanding a basic monthly wage for its members of R12,500 ($1,200) within three to four years while the companies have offered pay hikes of up to 10 percent that reach that figure by 2017 if ancillary benefits are also included.

The labour court is currently mediating the dispute and new mining minister Ngaoko Ramatlhodi has assembled a government team to negotiate a solution to what is already South Africa's longest and most costly labour dispute.

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