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Nov 2, 2012

South Africa gold workers to return after bonus spat

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Striking miners at AngloGold Ashanti will return to work on Sunday at two mines where operations were suspended this week in a dispute over bonus payments, the world’s third largest bullion producer said.

The disruptions underscored the residual tensions between management and staff despite the official resolution of the worst industrial unrest in the mining sector since the end of apartheid almost two decades ago.

Nov 2, 2012

South Africa mine tensions rumble on, sit-in at AngloGold

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – AngloGold Ashanti (ANGJ.J: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) suspended operations at one of its South African mines on Friday, a sign that labor tensions continue to bubble in the sector despite the official resolution of weeks of wildcat walkouts.

The world’s third-largest bullion producer said workers halted production at its TauTona mine, 65 km (40 miles) west of Johannesburg, with a sit-in protest over bonus payments.

Oct 16, 2012

Police remove strikers from Kumba’s South Africa Sishen mine

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – An illegal strike at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine in South Africa ended on Tuesday after police arrested 40 miners while other mining firms threatened mass dismissals to try to halt the unrest.

In a pre-dawn raid, police recovered Kumba’s trucks and bulldozers seized by the strikers who had blockaded the pit for almost two weeks.

Oct 11, 2012

Striking South Africa gold miners reject pay offer

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Striking gold miners in South Africa have rejected the industry’s latest wage offer, a trade union said on Thursday, dimming hopes that wildcat strikes that have paralyzed the sector could end anytime soon.

Since August, almost 100,000 workers across South Africa – including 75,000 in the mining sector – have downed tools in often illegal and violent strikes that are hitting economic growth and undermining investor confidence in the minerals hub.

Oct 9, 2012

Some South African truckers suspend strike, bulk press on

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Some of South Africa’s striking truckers have agreed to return to work on Wednesday, easing pressure on Africa’s biggest economy where two weeks of labor unrest in the transport sector have hit supplies of fuel, cash and consumer goods.

But disputes in the mining sector escalated after Gold One fired the majority of its 1,900 workers at its Ezulwini operation, paralyzed since last week by a wildcat strike. Atlatsa Resources said it had also fired 2,161 miners for an illegal strike.

Oct 9, 2012

Some South African truckers suspend strike

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Some of South Africa’s striking truckers have agreed to return to work on Wednesday, easing pressure on Africa’s biggest economy where two weeks of labor unrest in the transport sector have hit supplies of fuel, cash and consumer goods.

But disputes in the mining sector escalated after Gold One fired the majority of its 1,900 workers at its Ezulwini operation, paralyzed since last week by a wildcat strike. Atlatsa Resources said it had also fired 2,161 miners for an illegal strike.

Oct 9, 2012

About one third of South African truckers end strike

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – About a third of striking South African truckers have agreed to return to work on Wednesday, easing pressure on Africa’s biggest economy where two weeks of labour unrest in the transport sector have hit supplies of fuel, cash and consumer goods.

But disputes in the mining sector escalated after Gold One fired the majority of its 1,900 workers at its Ezulwini operation, paralysed since last week by a wildcat strike. Atlatsa Resources said it had also fired 2,161 miners for an illegal strike.

Oct 9, 2012

Thousands of South African truckers end strike

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – About 15,000 striking South African truckers agreed to return to work on Wednesday, easing pressure on Africa’s biggest economy where two weeks of labor unrest in the transport sector have hit supplies of fuel, cash and consumer goods.

The decision on Tuesday by three small unions puts pressure on the biggest labor group, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), which represents about 28,000 workers, to reach a deal and suspend its calls to widen the strike to ports and rails.

Oct 9, 2012

Striking South Africa truck drivers hold new wage talks

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s transport union SATAWU and employers held wage talks on Tuesday trying to end a two-week-old truck driver strike that has hampered deliveries of fuel, cash and consumer goods in the continent’s biggest economy.

The truckers have asked for sympathy strikes by port and rail workers. If paralysis spreads in the transport sector, it would be a further deterioration in investor sentiment that has pushed the rand to 3-1/2 year lows against the dollar.

Oct 8, 2012

South Africa state workers join strike bandwagon

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s local government workers’ union said on Monday it would launch a strike over pay in the next few days, the first sign of a wave of labor unrest in Africa’s biggest economy spreading from the mines into the public sector.

Since August, close to 100,000 workers, including 75,000 in the mining sector, have downed tools in often illegal and violent protests that look likely to hit growth this year and undermine the government’s efforts to cut its budget deficit.