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Miner killed at South Africa's Anglo American Platinum

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A miner affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was attacked and killed at a mine belonging to South Africa's Anglo American Platinum, police and unionists said, the latest violent incident in the strike-hit sector. The NUM said the attackers were members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), but officials of the rival union were not immediately available for comment on Friday.

S.African gold, platinum miners issue strike notice

South Africa's militant union AMCU on Monday gave formal notice that members will strike within 48 hours at the country's vital platinum and gold mines, the companies confirmed. Leading producers Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin and the Chamber of Mines said they face a mass walk-out from first shift on Thursday following a pay dispute. If no last-minute deal is reached as many as 80,000 workers could walk off the job.

South Africa minister warns on economy as mines face strike threat

By David Dolan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ailing economy cannot afford more mine labor unrest, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday, as the platinum industry's main trade union served notice on the world's top three producers that it planned to strike this week. A series of sometimes violent strikes in the factory and mining sectors constrained growth to a sluggish 2 percent in 2013, hampering efforts by President Jacob Zuma's government to create badly needed jobs as it braces for elections this year.

Strikers settle with Northam Platinum in S.Africa

Workers signed a new wage deal with Northam Platinum in South Africa to end an over-ten week strike, their union said Friday. "Our members have unanimously accepted the offer," said National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesman Patrick Craven in a statement. All of NUM's members -- around 80 percent of the firm's 7,000-workforce -- downed tools last November. The new deal won them wage increases up to 11.8 percent, according to the union.

Striking South African union rejects Northam's revised offer

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers has rejected a revised wage offer from Northam Platinum, the world's fifth largest platinum producer, extending a strike by over 7,000 workers, a spokesman said on Thursday. The strike, now in its fifth day, involves the workforce at Northam's Zondereinde operation, which accounts for the vast majority of the company's annual production of 300,000 ounces.

South African brewer reaches wage deal with strikers

Striking workers at SABMiller's South African affiliate have accepted a seven percent-wage rise, the firm and a union said on Tuesday announcing the end of five weeks of industrial action. "We are most pleased that we have reached an agreement with FAWU (the Food and Allied Workers Union) which ends the strike at SAB," said managing director Mauricio Leyva. More than 2,000 workers downed tools on September 30 demanding a 9.5 percent wage increase, but the numbers fell to 1,400 people by the end of the strike, according to FAWU secretary general Katishi Masemola.

South Africa's AMCU to strike at Amplats over job cuts

By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Members of South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at Anglo American Platinum will hold a strike to protest job cuts, AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa said on Tuesday. Mathunjwa said the required 48-hour strike notice was served to the company on Monday and the strike would start on Friday. Tuesday is a public holiday in South Africa.

One gold strike ends, another looms in S.Africa

A South African gold miners' strike has ended after workers at Harmony Gold accepted a final wage offer, the company said Sunday, as elsewhere workers voted to down tools. Tens of thousands of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members went on strike over pay on Tuesday night, but most had already returned to work after agreeing wage deals of between 7.5 and 8.0 percent. Workers at Harmony's mines in the central Free State and Northern Cape provinces had initially held out for a better deal, but the company said they had now accepted.

South African gold strike almost over, except at Harmony

By Sherilee Lakmidas JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A three-day strike by tens of thousands of South African gold miners wound down on Friday with most strikers agreeing to return to work after accepting the latest wage offer from employers, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said. A source with direct knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be named, said workers had agreed to wage hikes of 8 percent, far below the 15 to 60 percent NUM had originally been seeking.

Some South African gold miners end strike

By Sherilee Lakmidas JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Some South African gold miners have ended their strike for higher wages and were heading back to work after just three days, bolstering confidence the strike could be formally called off on Friday. This would be a relief to Africa's largest economy, hit by strikes across a range of sectors including auto making, which have cost tens of millions of dollars a day in lost output.
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