JOSEPH Mathunjwa believes mining company Sibanye is trying to provoke a strike with insulting offers. 

The Amcu president said the current offer of R300, R350 and R400 for the next three years was a slap in the face. 

“We believe Sibanye is trying to provoke a strike. Their offer to category C and D workers is also shockingly low at a below-inflation rate.” 

At a media briefing in Sandton, Mathunjwa said Amplats was offering a basic salary increase over three years. 

He said the public must understand that mines couldn’t cry poverty as they were making huge profits and the bosses were paying themselves fat salaries.

He said from 2016 until this year, Impala cut about 8 500 jobs which included forced retrenchments, voluntary separations and medical incapacities. 

“This amounts to half a billion rand in savings,” he said. 

“In South Africa, income equality is even more important, especially in light of our past and the structural wage inequality brought by colonialism and apartheid.”

He said Amcu members would on Friday gather for the seventh commemoration of the Marikana Massacre at the koppie. 

“We will stop at nothing to achieve the mandate of our members,” said Mathunjwa.