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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.

Oct 6, 2012

South Africa’s Amplats fires 12,000 strikers, union leader shot

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Amplats fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world’s biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through the country’s mining sector and beyond.

Later on, a trade union leader was shot dead near a mine run by platinum producer Lonmin in a potentially explosive escalation of the two-month-old violent labor unrest that took the death toll to 49.

Oct 5, 2012

S.Africa’s Amplats fires 12,000 strikers as unrest deepens

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) (AMSJ.J: Quote, Profile, Research) fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world’s biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through South Africa’s mining sector and beyond.

The rand fell sharply after the announcement, suggesting investors fear the sackings could worsen what is shaping up to be the most damaging period of labour unrest in Africa’s biggest economy since the end of apartheid in 1994.