“Low wages = inequality!” declared a placard in the hands of hundreds of AMCU members from around KwaZulu-Natal as they set off from Botha Park to the City Hall as part of the Union’s national socio-economic march. “DRM is failing us,” said another poster, with yet more making it clear that although they were not going to be in talks with representatives from the Department of Mineral Resources, their voices would be heard. Although they expressed frustration at working conditions, with poor wages a common theme, Comrades were also in high spirits, singing songs that referenced South Africa’s struggle for freedom from apartheid, as well as calling out various national leaders for not making equal distribution of South Africa’s wealth a priority.  Delivering the memorandum to representatives from the Department of Mineral Resources in the province, National Treasurer Jimmy Gama reiterated that AMCU is not intimated by mining stakeholders, and that the Union will keep fighting for a living wage for all workers, noting AMCU’s success in the platinum and other sectors, where AMCU members earn a living wage of R12 500.