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South Africa's AMCU declares a dispute in wage talks with platinum firms

South Africa's AMCU union General Secretary Jeff Mphalele said on Tuesday the union had declared a wage dispute with Anglo American Platinum and Sibanye-Stillwater raising concerns of a possible strike in the local platinum industry.

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 10 (Reuters) - South Africa's AMCU union General Secretary Jeff Mphalele said on Tuesday the union had declared a wage dispute with Anglo American Platinum AMSJ.J and Sibanye-Stillwater SGLJ.J raising concerns of a possible strike in the local platinum industry.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), the majority union in the platinum sector, initially demanded a monthly basic wage hike of about 48% and said it was disappointed by a wage offer for workers at Lonmin, which was acquired by Sibanye this year.

(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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