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Jun 26, 2013

Strike at South Africa’s Lonmin averted in favour of wider talks

JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) – South Africa’s hardline
miners union postponed talks with platinum producer Lonmin
, averting an imminent strike, to allow more time for the
government to reach a wider stability pact between labour and
the mining industry.

South Africa’s deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe, is
trying to get unions and companies across the mining industry to
sign up to a stability pact as wage talks kick off to bring an
end to unrest that has been rocking the sector.

Jun 25, 2013

S.Africa’s AMCU union wants entry-level gold miners’ pay doubled

JOHANNESBURG, June 25 (Reuters) – South Africa’s AMCU mining
union is demanding gold mining companies more than double the
wages of entry-level workers, according to a document seen by
Reuters on Tuesday, raising the stakes for pay talks set for
early next month.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU)
demands far exceed those made by the dominant National Union of
Mineworkers (NUM) union, an ally of the ruling ANC party that is
keen to ease tensions in the sector before elections next year.

Jun 24, 2013

Gold wage demands from S.Africa’s AMCU union rival NUM’s-source

JOHANNESBURG, June 24 (Reuters) – Wage demands submitted to
South African gold producers on Monday by the hard line
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union equal or
exceed those made by the rival National Union of Mineworkers, a
source who has seen the demands told Reuters.

“They are the same level or higher than what NUM demanded,”
the source, who did not want to be named, said.

Jun 14, 2013

Sparring South African mine unions talk, Amplats hit by strike

PRETORIA, June 14 (Reuters) – Disgruntled workers at an
Anglo American Platinum mine in South Africa prevented
2,400 miners from going above ground on Friday, the company
said, dealing a blow to an attempt by the government to ease 18
months of unrest in the sector.

The world’s largest platinum producer, commonly known as
Amplats, said the industrial action at its Thembelani mine
followed the dismissal of four union shop stewards for
“inappropriate behaviour”.

Jun 10, 2013
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Lay preacher turned union boss wages South African class war

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(Joseph Mathunjwa addresses members of the mining community during a strike at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko)

The 48-year-old son of a Salvation Army preacher has won tens of thousands of followers portraying himself as a Christian soldier fighting for South Africa’s downtrodden miners.

May 29, 2013

South Africa labour strife creating vicious cycle

JOHANNESBURG, May 29 (Reuters) – Labour unrest in South
Africa’s mines, which threatens to spread to bigger sectors like
manufacturing, is plunging the economy into a vicious cycle that
may spiral into stagflation, disinvestment and more social
upheaval.

South Africa’s rand has lost 16 percent against the dollar
so far in 2013 and hit new four-year lows this week, with mining
worries triggering the latest sell-off – which picked up pace on
Tuesday when data showed growth in Africa’s top economy slowed
to a snail’s pace as manufacturing output shrank.

May 20, 2013

South African mine wage demands roil shares, rand

JOHANNESBURG, May 20 (Reuters) – Big wage hikes demanded by
the government-allied trade union in South Africa’s coal and
gold industries helped push the rand to a four-year low on
Monday, highlighting the ripple effect of the prospect of more
turmoil in the industry.

The National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) call for pay rises
of up to 60 percent in a submission to the Chamber of Mines seen
by Reuters on Sunday rattled mining investors after wildcat
strikes at platinum and gold mines killed 50 people and cost
billions in lost output last year.

May 20, 2013

South African wage demands send rand to four year low

JOHANNESBURG, May 20 (Reuters) – Big wage hikes demanded by
the government-allied trade union in South Africa’s coal and
gold industries helped push the rand to a four year low on
Monday, highlighting the ripple effect of the prospect of more
turmoil in the industry.

The National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) call for pay rises
of up to 60 percent in a submission to the Chamber of Mines seen
by Reuters on Sunday rattled mining investors after wildcat
strikes at platinum and gold mines killed 50 people and cost
billions in lost output last year.

May 19, 2013

Exclusive: South Africa’s NUM seeks 15-60 percent wage rises from gold, coal producers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers said it would seek pay rises of up to 60 percent from gold and coal producers, raising the prospect of fresh strikes as firms battle higher costs and falling prices in an already heated labor climate.

Africa’s biggest economy is hoping to avoid the 2012 wildcat strike action at platinum and gold mines that cost billions in lost revenue and production and killed over 50 people.

May 19, 2013

S.Africa’s NUM seeks 15-60 pct wage rises from gold, coal producers

JOHANNESBURG, May 19 (Reuters) – South Africa’s National
Union of Mineworkers said it would seek pay rises of up to 60
percent from gold and coal producers, raising the prospect of
fresh strikes as firms battle higher costs and falling prices in
an already heated labour climate.

Africa’s biggest economy is hoping to avoid the 2012 wildcat
strike action at platinum and gold mines that cost billions in
lost revenue and production and killed over 50 people.

    • About Ed

      "I cover commodities in southerrn Africa, a region that I have returned to after spending over four years covering religion, politics and the Great Recession in America. I am a Canadian citizen and grew up in Nova Scotia."
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