South African miners’ fight gets stronger

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Mine disputes spread across South Africa

Monday 10 September 2012

Labour unrest spread in South Africa on Monday with a strike by 15,000 workers stopping operations at a gold mine while few workers reported for duty in the fourth week of a stoppage at the Marikana platinum mine.

Gold Fields International said that thousands of its workers had walked out on strike on Sunday night and that senior managers were trying to find out what is wanted by miners at the west section of its KDC mine.

The east section of the mine was operating normally.

At a second platinum mine, Implats, 15,000-plus workers are demanding a 10 per cent pay rise, although they are continuing to work.

At the Marikana platinum mine, a Lonmin spokesman said that just 6 per cent of its 28,000 workers turned up today morning.

Mine buses drove around looking for workers to pick up, but the drivers returned to the mine with their vehicles empty.

Hundreds of chanting miners descended on one of the mine shafts today, carrying traditional spears and sticks.

They marched past heavy detachments of armed police in riot gear, some in armoured cars, but the demonstration passed off peacefully.

Miners say that they are getting desperate and do not have enough money to feed their families.

Still, they said they remain resolute and will not return to work until their wage demand is met.

Half a dozen buses carrying mourners who had attended the last funerals in far-flung parts of the country of the miners who died in a hail of police bullets at the Marikana mine returned today to the shantytown of tin-walled shacks without water or electricity near the mine.

Striking South African platinum miners turned up in force at a neighbouring site today in the latest step of their campaign for a 100 per cent pay rise: here.

Within hours of the South African government vowing to end violence in the mining sector police used stun grenades today to disperse disperse strikers outside a platinum mine: here.

THE strikes that have halted work at seven of South Africa’s gold and platinum mines have spread to the chrome sector: here.

15,000 South African lorry drivers march to demand 12% pay rise: here.

6 thoughts on “South African miners’ fight gets stronger

  1. Mining companies ignore worker concerns

    I used to work for one of the biggest platinum producers in the world in South Africa. Incidents such as the Marikana massacre happen because owners of these big mining companies do not want to address workers concerns.

    I know this from experience. I was a spokesperson for workers and we were always willing to engage in dialogue with the employer.

    We wanted to promote equality and human rights as well as improve the general conditions of employment with regard to health and safety, production, salaries and benefits and fighting racism.

    But people like myself are regarded as threats to the industry simply because we believe in standing up for the truth. I was sacked after I followed company protocol to expose a senior member of staff for racism and gross violations of workers’ rights.

    I did everything I could to raise workers’ concerns and even went as far as informing a senior company official based in London but all my efforts proved futile.

    In the hope of getting justice I have submitted hard evidence of the abuses mine workers face to the human rights commission here in South Africa.

    Until the mining bosses are willing to seriously address workers’ concerns, black mine workers will continue to be defiant against their oppressor—and we are bound to have more Marikanas in South Africa.

    Letheo Elliot Mogwazeni, Rustenburg, South Africa


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  3. South African police shooting of Xstrata mine workers condemned

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) condemned the non-fatal shooting of Xstrata mine workers by the police. The workers had come out on strike following an alleged racist assault on a black worker by a white employee.

    NUMSA condemned the use of live ammunition to confront the strikers who were picketing. Xstrata is an Anglo-Swiss mining company with operations across Africa and other parts of the world.


    South African Amplats workers’ strike continues

    Striking platinum miners at the Anglo Platinum mine in the Rustenburg region are still on strike after eight weeks. Management made its latest offer to the striking workers Wednesday, November 14. The offer comprised a R600 (US$68) monthly allowance on top of their normal monthly wage and a one-off R4500 (US$510) to get them back to work.

    Anglo Platinum is currently reviewing its South African operations and could close some of its mines.


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