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80,000 South African Platinum Miners Strike For A Living Wage
 
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Patrick Bond: Mine workers strike and moving away from the African National Conference could signal a reconfiguration of the left in South Africa See more videos: http://therealnews.com
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Hunger, anxiety as South African mining strike wears on
 
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As South Africa's platinum strike drags on for almost three months, miners and their family are battling to survive without pay. Duration: 02:30
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Platinum miners strike in South Africa ends after five months
 
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A five month long strike by thousands of platinum miners in South Africa has ended. The president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, Joseph Mathunjwa, said a wage deal and "the bulk" of the workers demands had been accepted by the mining companies involved. Speaking at a stadium in the city of Rustenburg, Mathunjwa announced that "the strike is officially over. Workers will start reporting to work on Wednesday." Striking miner Simon Noka said that he wanted "to thank G... READ MORE : http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/24/platinum-miners-strike-in-south-africa-ends-after-five-months What is in the news today? Click to watch: http://eurone.ws/1kb2gOl euronews: the most watched news channel in Europe Subscribe! http://eurone.ws/10ZCK4a euronews is available in 14 languages: http://bit.ly/1qPwqgE In English: Website: http://www.euronews.com/news Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/euronews Twitter: http://twitter.com/euronews Google+: http://google.com/+euronews VKontakte: http://vk.com/en.euronews
South African Platinum Sector: Bakubung Mine
 
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While the platinum miners' strike is over and workers at the platinum majors are slowly getting back to work - Wesizwe Platinum has been hard at work on their flagship project. That mine is within a stone's throw of the Sun City resort in the Northwest province, not far from Amplats, Implats and Lonmin's operations. Angelo Coppola was at the mine, and filed this report.
Views: 1180 CGTN Africa
Miners Shot Down - Marikana Massacre - Full Documentary - 2014
 
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In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.
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South Africa miner's strike
 
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http://www.euronews.com/ South African miners have gone on strike, stopping production at the third largest platinum producing pit in the world. The action appears to stem from the killing of a union official at the weekend. Thousands of workers downed tools in a wildcat stoppage, in the town of Marikana. A spokeswoman for mine owners, Lonmin, said thirteen shafts were idle. Workers gathered at a stadium to be told by union leaders to go home, and continue the walk out Wednesday. Reporters were informed the strikers would threaten anyone who tried to work the next few shifts. Traditionally miners's strikes in the country are very violent and tensions are currently running high over job cuts and wage talks. The situation is complicated as the two main miner's unions are involved in a turf war. It comes during Platinum Week, an annual industry gathering in London. Find us on: Youtube http://bit.ly/zr3upY Facebook http://www.facebook.com/euronews.fans Twitter http://twitter.com/euronews
Strikes in South Africa turn violent
 
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South African police have fired rubber bullets and water cannon to try and disperse protesters fighting for a pay rise.
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Inside Story - Strikes in South Africa - 05 Jun 07 - Part 1
 
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Public sector workers in South Africa are mounting the biggest strike in years and demanding a 12 per cent pay rise.
Views: 1644 Al Jazeera English
South Africa platinum miners to strike
 
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Talks under way to end South African mining strike
 
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The South African government is hosting negotiations aimed at ending a pay dispute between striking platinum mineworkers and mining firms. Duration: 01:13
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South Africa police slammed over Marikana miners' deaths
 
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A report into the 2012 massacre of dozens of South African miners has called for a criminal investigation into the police officers who carried out the shootings. The inquiry also found that mine operator Lonmin had failed to prevent the violence and meet the reasonable wage demands of its striking workers. Clashes took place over several days during a wildcat strike after many men brought weapons to the picket line. It culminated in the mass shootings by police on August 16th. Announcing the… READ MORE : http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/25/south-africa-police-slammed-over-marikana-miners-deaths What are the top stories today? Click to watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSyY1udCyYqBeDOz400FlseNGNqReKkFd euronews: the most watched news channel in Europe Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=euronews euronews is available in 13 languages: https://www.youtube.com/user/euronewsnetwork/channels In English: Website: http://www.euronews.com/news Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/euronews Twitter: http://twitter.com/euronews Google+: http://google.com/+euronews VKontakte: http://vk.com/en.euronews
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South Africa miners' strike marks third month
 
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Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Platinum miners in South Africa have now been on strike for more than three months. The lowest-paid miner earns less than $500 each month, so workers want their wages doubled. South Africa’s platinum mines generate billions of dollars in revenue every year. Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Marikana. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people and events that affect people's lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a 'voice to the voiceless.' Reaching more than 270 million households in over 140 countries across the globe, our viewers trust Al Jazeera English to keep them informed, inspired, and entertained. Our impartial, fact-based reporting wins worldwide praise and respect. It is our unique brand of journalism that the world has come to rely on. We are reshaping global media and constantly working to strengthen our reputation as one of the world's most respected news and current affairs channels. Social Media links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Instagram: https://instagram.com/aljazeera/?ref=... Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajenglish Website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ google+: https://plus.google.com/+aljazeera/posts
Views: 695 Al Jazeera English
South African striking Marikana platinum miners against Lonmin mine owners
 
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This series of videos sent to us from South Africa shows the heroic South African miners on the march. The following is an article from The Socialist newspaper: South Africa: 'Lonmin settlement a victory - struggle pays!' After six weeks of defiant strike action in the teeth of violent attacks by police acting on behalf of the mining bosses, when over 40 miners were killed, the Marikana platinum miners have won a significant 22% pay increase and a R2,000 payment for loss of earnings from mine owners, Lonmin. Members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (the Socialist Party's counterpart in South Africa) have played an important role in the miners' struggle, in particular, through the adoption of the demand for an industry-wide general strike. South African capitalists are fuming in the news media, complaining that the pay concession will lead to "contagion" throughout the rest of the mining industry. See http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/15303 for more
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South Africa's Platinum Sector Strike
 
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The highly acrimonius strike in South Africa's platinum sector is now in its 4th straight month, with no resolution in sight. Workers at three major producers have been on strike since the 23rd of January. We've kept close tabs on lost production for the producers and lost wages by the miners, but its easy to forget there's a human dimension to this story beyond the numbers. Angelo Coppola filed this report of one miner's struggle to support his family during the strike, and his first hand account of intimidation to keep miners, like himself, "in line" with the organization's agenda.
Views: 264 CGTN Africa
South African miners end 5-month-long strike
 
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South African miners end 5-month-long strike Subscribe to France 24 now http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=france24english South African union leaders say a five-month strike against the world's biggest platinum producers is over, ending a stoppage which has deeply affected the country's economy. Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=france24english Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.English Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/France24_en
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S African strikes continue at world's largest platinum mine
 
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Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe In South Africa, a 22 per cent pay rise awarded to workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana has sparked protests elsewhere. They too want a similar increase - and police have been called to control the demonstrations. Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people and events that affect people's lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a 'voice to the voiceless.' Reaching more than 270 million households in over 140 countries across the globe, our viewers trust Al Jazeera English to keep them informed, inspired, and entertained. Our impartial, fact-based reporting wins worldwide praise and respect. It is our unique brand of journalism that the world has come to rely on. We are reshaping global media and constantly working to strengthen our reputation as one of the world's most respected news and current affairs channels. Social Media links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Instagram: https://instagram.com/aljazeera/?ref=... Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajenglish Website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ google+: https://plus.google.com/+aljazeera/posts
Views: 1258 Al Jazeera English
Striking miners fired on in South Africa
 
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Video shows workers under a hail of bullets shot by police. The police say they were trying to protect their own lives. For more CNN videos, check out our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/cnn Or visit our site at http://www.cnn.com/video/
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South African miners strike edges closer to four month mark
 
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A strike by South African platinum miners has entered its 15th week after workers rejected the latest wage offer from employers just days from the country's general elections. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has been heavily criticised by mining companies. South African President Jacob Zuma, who has remained relatively quiet on the issue, has expressed his concern of the impact the strike is having on the country's economy. Jacob Zuma said: "Both the employers and... READ MORE : http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/south-african-miners-strike-edges-closer-to-four-month-mark What is in the news today? Click to watch: http://eurone.ws/1kb2gOl euronews: the most watched news channel in Europe Subscribe! http://eurone.ws/10ZCK4a euronews is available in 14 languages: http://eurone.ws/17moBCU In English: Website: http://www.euronews.com/news Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/euronews Twitter: http://twitter.com/euronews Google+: http://google.com/+euronews VKontakte: http://vk.com/en.euronews
S.African miners end strike against top platinum producers
 
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A five-month strike against the world's biggest platinum producers is over, union leaders said Monday, ending a stoppage that has battered South Africa's economy. Duration: 00:32
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South African miners reject wage offer
 
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South Africa's platinum mineworkers reject a fresh wage offer at a public meeting vowing to continue a week-long strike that has brought the sector to a stand-still. Duration: 00:49
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Amplats to sell strike-hit South African mines
 
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The mines account for over half of the company's workforce but only a quarter of production and their viability was dealt a blow when miners won pay increases of up to 20 percent. Amplats said it would now focus on its more mechanized mines. \n For the miners who faced hardship in their campaign for better pay, a sale could increase the risk of future lay-offs. \n The buyers are likely to be companies with a focus on deep-level, labor-intensive mines, which may have more appetite than Amplats for the challenge of making them commercially viable. \n One of the biggest hurdles will be stiff opposition to any job cuts from unions and politicians. South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) condemned the plan to sell the mines. \n "Any sale is going to result in job losses and this is a punishment for poor workers," its general secretary, Frans Baleni, told Reuters on Monday. \n Amplats said it was selling its Union mine, its operations at Rustenburg and South African joint ve
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We explore the impact of strikes in South Africa
 
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Back pay is the major sticking point in the bus strike. Let's get some perspective. Reporter Michael Marillier is working that angle for us. Courtesy #DStv403
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220 Thousand Metal Workers are on Strike in South Africa
 
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Patrick Bond: They are demanding higher wages and an end to Neo-Liberal ANC policies
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South Africa's Implats Shuts Mines Ahead Of Platinum Strike
 
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South Africa's Impala Platinum shut its Rustenburg operations on Wednesday, a day before a planned strike over wages across the country's platinum belt by the hardline Association of Mineworkers and Construction union. AMCU, the platinum industry's main trade union, plans to strike from Thursday at Implats, Anglo American Platinum and Lonmin, the top three producers of the metal used in emissions-capping catalytic converters in cars. The union had also planned to strike in the gold sector but a court ruled that the strike be suspended pending a review of its legality. Around 100,000 workers or a fifth of South Africa's mining labor force could put down tools or be prevented from crossing picket lines in a stoppage that would hit over half of global platinum production. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/eyB1VsWvQbI/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Implats miners in S.Africa 'eager' for strike: union
 
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South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) threatens strikes across the platinum and gold sectors if employers refuse to give in to demands for higher pay. Duration: 01:04
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New Challenges Ahead for South African Labor after Platinum Miners End Five Month Long Strike
 
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Patrick Bond: South African platinum workers will see a pay increase by 2017, but opponents are now attempting to limit their ability to to strike again
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South Africa miners strike overshadows conference
 
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Miners strike overshadows conference in South Africa
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Platinum strike likely to continue in the first half of 2014
 
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The strike in the platinum sector by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) continues. On March 4, mining companies Amplats, Implats and Lonmin rejected a revised wage demand that wages be adjusted to R12,500 per month over a period of three years.
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Over 100,000 S.African platinum miners go on strike
 
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Union leaders are describing the current industrial action as the "mother of all strikes", but mining bosses say it could ruin the industry. South Africa's platinum mines provide the bulk of global output, but as you've just seen, operations have ground to a halt. The stoppages are happening in the same area where police infamously shot dead 34 miners in 2012, raising fears of more violence. CCTV's Guy Henderson filed this report.
Views: 134 CGTN Africa
S. Africa government warns strike-hit platinum mines could close
 
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The South African government warns striking platinum miners that shafts could close and jobs could be lost unless a five-month strike that has crippled the world's biggest producers ends. Duration: 00:52
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Lonmin Expects Mass Return At Strike-hit South Africa Platinum Mines
 
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According to an internal company memo to employees, Lonmin, the world's no. 3 platinum producer said it anticipated a "mass return to work" on Wednesday at its strike-hit South African operations. The memo, dated Friday and seen by Reuters said, "Managers and supervisors are returning from leave and ramp plans are in place for a safe return. Lonmin is gearing up for a serious back to work offensive on Monday 12 May in anticipation of a mass return to work on 14 May." http://news.yahoo.com/lonmin-expects-mass-return-strike-hit-south-africa-191939924--finance.html http://www.wochit.com
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South Africa's Mine Workers Strike
 
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The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) on Monday, marched on the Eskom head office on the outskirts of Johannesburg. They were there to hand over a memorandum, protesting against Eskom being declared an essential service. The Union also wants Eskom to stop a restructuring process at the power plant. About 16000 of the 25000 staff at Eskom are members of National Union of Mineworkers. Angelo Coppola has the latest
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Miners Shot Down - AfriDocs Extended Trailer
 
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In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. The police insisted that they shot in self- defense. Miners Shot Down tells a different story, one that unfolds in real time over seven days, like a ticking time bomb. The film weaves together the central point-of-view of three strike leaders, Mambush, Tholakele and Mzoxolo, with compelling police footage, TV archive and interviews with lawyers representing the miners in the ensuing commission of inquiry into the massacre. What emerges is a tragedy that arises out of the deep fault lines in South Africa’s nascent democracy, of enduring poverty and a twenty year old, unfulfilled promise of a better life for all. A campaigning film, beautifully shot, sensitively told, with a haunting soundtrack, Miners Shot Down reveals how far the African National Congress has strayed from its progressive liberationist roots and leaves audiences with an uncomfortable view of those that profit from minerals in the global South. Director: Rehad Desai Year: 2013 Length: 85 minutes
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Five things you need to know about the South African mining strike
 
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A strike affecting South African platinum mines has so far lasted five months, here are five things you need to know: Unions are demanding employers double wages for around 70,000 miners One of the mining firms hit by the strike, Lonmin, has seen Platinum production fall by around 40% The strike has seen the price of Palladium, used in catalytic converters hit a 33 month high. Supply shortages for platinum and palladium will be the largest in more than three decades this year The strike is now threatening to drag the South African economy towards recession, the economy shrank by 0.6% in Q1, the first time since 2009.
South Africa commemorates Marikana mine strike massacre
 
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The leaders of South Africa's two main opposition parties joined thousands of people north of Johannesburg Sunday to mark the third anniversary of the Marikana massacre of 34 striking platinum miners.
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South Africa's Platinum Miners Return to Work
 
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In South Africa, workers at the three platinum mines involved in the strike started returning to work on Wednesday. The six month strike cost the companies a little under 2.4 billion dollars in lost production revenue over that period.
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S.Africa platinum miners back to work after wage deal
 
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Thousands of miners on South Africa's platinum belt streamed back to work on Wednesday after reaching a wage deal with leading global producers that ended a crippling five-month strike. Duration: 00:53
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Africa Today - Strikes and strife in South Africa  (P.2)
 
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South African government mediators say wage talks between a mining union and three major platinum producers have been adjourned until next week. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration said in a statement on Saturday that the negotiations would continue on February 4. The mediators also said that they had presented proposals, which both sides were to consider until the talks resume, but they were not allowed to reveal any details of the content of talks. Jimmy Gama, treasurer with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), said that the employers "need time to reflect on the proposals, and they will do an offer on Tuesday." In response, the heads of the world's top three platinum producers -- Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin -- said they would continue efforts to find a solution to the wage dispute. However, producers raised the possibility of restructurings and layoffs if the strike would persist. "Prolonged strike action will result in more losses, and further fundamental restructuring and, inevitably, this will have an impact on jobs and indeed the economy," the CEOs said in a joint statement. "Between our three companies we lose on average around 200 million rands (USD 18 million) per day in revenue," the statement added. The strike began on January 23, when some 88,000 mineworkers walked off from jobs at the three platinum companies, bringing the mining town of Rustenburg to a halt. The strikers are seeking a minimum monthly wage of 12,500 rand (about USD 1,200) for entry-level workers, which is more than double the current wage.
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South Africa workers strike over pay
 
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Nearly a quarter of a million members of South Africa's largest union downed tools Tuesday in a dispute over pay, beginning an indefinite strike that threatens to bring the engineering sector to a halt. Duration: 00:49
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Wage deal ends S Africa's longest mine strike
 
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A wage deal has ended the longest and most damaging strike in South Africa's history. Tens of thousands of platinum miners are going back to work. Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Marikana. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website http://www.aljazeera.com/
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Impacts of recurring mining strikes on South Africa's economy
 
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South Africa's rand, tumbled to a four-year low against the dollar on Thursday over fears of a strike at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). The currency fell as low as 9.4334, its lowest since April 2009 when emerging markets were still reeling from the effects of the global financial crisis. The country's mining industry can ill afford to offer wage rises during talks that are about to start with a new and unpredictable union, said Impala Platinum on Friday. The world's biggest platinum producing country hopes to avoid the 2012 strike action that cost billions in lost revenue and production. TVC News Jody Jacobs reports from South Africa.
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South African Union Officials Urge Leader To Sign Deal To End Platinum Strike
 
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Shop stewards from South Africa's striking AMCU mining union urged leader Joseph Mathunjwa to sign a wage deal with the three major platinum firms on Thursday at a dramatic mass rally crowning nearly five months of industrial action. Cheers erupted from the crowd of thousands of miners as one senior union official took the microphone to declare: "Sign, Mathunjwa, sign.".... "This union has worked. We want this money. We come from hardships. AMCU has worked. We can't take kids to school. Sign Mathunjwa," another union leader added. Earlier, the three platinum firms - Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin- said they had reached "in principle undertakings" with the leaders of the longest strike in the history of South Africa's mines. They did not disclose details of the offer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/jmDg1kWsfj4/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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South African platinum miners walk out in dispute over minimum wage
 
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Tens of thousands of miners in South Africa have gone on strike, demanding a higher minimum wage. ... euronews, the most watched news channel in Europe Subscribe for your daily dose of international news, curated and explained:http://eurone.ws/10ZCK4a Euronews is available in 13 other languages: http://eurone.ws/17moBCU http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/23/south-african-platinum-miners-walk-out-in-dispute-over-minimum-wage Tens of thousands of miners in South Africa have gone on strike, demanding a higher minimum wage. Outside the AngloAmerican Bathopele platinum mine in Rustenburg, about 100 kilometres from Johannesburg, workers sang and danced their protest on Thursday morning. South Africa is the world's leading producer of platinum, and the protest is disrupting one of its major industries. "According to the economy of South Africa, they are indicating that if we don't work obviously they will have a crisis in terms of the economy. But remember, there is a demand from workers. The workers that are working underground, they are facing a very serious challenge, whereby they don't get enough money to survive" said Stephen Dijo, Representative of the Allied Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). In 2012, police shot and killed 34 miners during a walkout at the nearby Lonmin platinum mine. South African officials say they will act decisively to enforce the law. Find us on: Youtube http://bit.ly/zr3upY Facebook http://www.facebook.com/euronews.fans Twitter http://twitter.com/euronews
SABC's Mbongeni Muthwa on platinum mines strikes
 
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Initial hopes of a breakthrough in the talks to end the 3 month long strike in the platinum sector mines are fading..Employers from Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin were still locked in a make of break meeting with AMCU at an undisclosed location in Johannesburg this afternoon.
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Economy strained by mining strike
 
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Johannesburg, 24 April 2014 -- While the latest round of talks take place between Amcu and Platinum producers, much has been said about the impact on the economy, the workers themselves and the mining houses. Arabile Gumede does a numbers breakdown of the strike.
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SA mining strikes grind half of global platinum production to a halt
 
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South Africa's platinum industry has ground to a halt. This is after the sector's largest union called for its members to go on strike. Workers are once again calling for substantial pay rises in the trouble hit sector. Bosses say they are already at the baseline of their balance sheets. CCTV's Guy Henderson reports
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South Africa platinum strike: Government-brokered talks between AMCU & producers
 
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The Association of Mineworkers and construction Union (AMCU) and negotiators from Amplats, Implats and Lonmin have been locking horns for some time now. They are attempting to find common ground on the minimum wage demand of $1100 per month. The three days of strikes have already cost the sector $66m and that's without factoring in the wages lost by miners not working. Sectors outside the mining industry are becoming increasingly concerned
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Ongoing South Africa Platinum Strike
 
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The platinum sector strike, in South Africa continues, despite optimistic comments, from the country's new Mineral Resources Minister, Ngwakah Ramatlhodi. Ramatlhodi, says talks, are still going on, in the hopes of addressing, the key sticking point, of housing allowance. The issue, is around whether it should be part, of the basic salary, or not as well for how long, this allowance, should be afforded to miners. Ramatlhodi also expressed his frustration, at not having legal recourse, to end the strike.
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Africa Today - Strikes and strife in South Africa  (P.1)
 
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South African government mediators say wage talks between a mining union and three major platinum producers have been adjourned until next week. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration said in a statement on Saturday that the negotiations would continue on February 4. The mediators also said that they had presented proposals, which both sides were to consider until the talks resume, but they were not allowed to reveal any details of the content of talks. Jimmy Gama, treasurer with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), said that the employers "need time to reflect on the proposals, and they will do an offer on Tuesday." In response, the heads of the world's top three platinum producers -- Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin -- said they would continue efforts to find a solution to the wage dispute. However, producers raised the possibility of restructurings and layoffs if the strike would persist. "Prolonged strike action will result in more losses, and further fundamental restructuring and, inevitably, this will have an impact on jobs and indeed the economy," the CEOs said in a joint statement. "Between our three companies we lose on average around 200 million rands (USD 18 million) per day in revenue," the statement added. The strike began on January 23, when some 88,000 mineworkers walked off from jobs at the three platinum companies, bringing the mining town of Rustenburg to a halt. The strikers are seeking a minimum monthly wage of 12,500 rand (about USD 1,200) for entry-level workers, which is more than double the current wage.
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