The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) in South Africa is altering its wage demands to some of the world’s biggest platinum mines.

Up until now, the two sides have remained far apart on a number of core issues, including wages.  The AMCU plans to hold a rally in Pretoria on Thursday to protest what it believes is government bias in favour of the mining companies.

AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa has gone on record as saying the union will accept staggered increases that would take the entry wage to 12,500 rand a month in three years’ time as opposed to the increase being immediate.

The demand for 12,500 rand may not be easy to attain, given that it’s more than double current pay scale levels.  The mining companies, Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, have offered increases of just under 10%.