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Hunger, anxiety as South African mining strike wears on

Miner's wife Nomfanelo Jali hasn't been able to serve her family meat in a month and increasingly struggles to put anything on the table at all, as South Africa's long-running platinum strike takes its toll. On January 23 Jali's husband downed tools along with 80,000 other platinum miners, vowing not to return to the shafts until their minimum monthly wage was doubled to 12,500 rand, around $1,186. Ten weeks later, inside a tin shack in the shadow of the quieted Marikana mine, Jali doles out corn meal porridge to some of her seven kids.

Lonmin CEO claims workers want to end South Africa strike

Most of the strikers at world number three platinum producer Lonmin want to return to work amid a crippling walkout now in its third month, the firm's CEO claimed Thursday. "Most workers say they want to come back to work," said Ben Magara, chief executive of the firm, which made world news in 2012 when police gunned down 34 strikers in one day at its Marikana mine. Over 80,000 workers downed tools across South Africa's platinum industry on January 23, holding out for a doubling of their entry-level salary to 12,500 rand ($1,170) a month.

S.Africa platinum strike causing 'irreparable' harm

South Africa's platinum producers Monday said a two-month strike was causing "irreparable" damage to the sector, which has to date lost nearly a billion dollars in revenue. The strike over wages which started over eight weeks ago has halted production at the world's top three producers, Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin. "The extended strike in the platinum belt is unprecedented, and at a stage where some of its impacts are becoming irreparable," the chief executives of the three companies said in a joint statement.

Talks to end South African miners' strike collapse

Talks aimed at ending a crippling six-week-long platinum miners' strike in South Africa fell apart on Wednesday after producers rejected a revised wage demand. Negotiations "have been suspended indefinitely to allow stakeholders time to reflect on the current offer," the world's top platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said in a statement. The radical AMCU union, which represents tens of thousands of platinum workers, had appeared to soften its position on Tuesday, saying its wage demand could be spread over four years.

South Africa mine union steward killed in police clash

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A union steward was killed in a clash with police at an Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine in South Africa, where workers were holding a strike to press for higher wages, the company said on Saturday. The world's biggest platinum producer said the worker, a member of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), was killed in a "violent outbreak" when police tried to clear a barricaded road leading to the company's Union mine in the northern Limpopo province.

South Africa mine union steward killed in police clash

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A union steward was killed in a clash with police at an Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine in South Africa, where workers were holding a strike to press for higher wages, the company said on Saturday. The world's biggest platinum producer said the worker, a member of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), was killed in a "violent outbreak" when police tried to clear a barricaded road leading to the company's Union mine in the northern Limpopo province.

S. Africa mining union hints at progress in strike talks

The leader of an 80,000-strong South African platinum strike suggested Wednesday that a proposal from an independent labour arbitrator could be the basis for a deal to end the stoppage. Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president Joseph Mathunjwa hinted that a confidential proposal from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration could provide a way forward. "Once the employer concedes to the proposal of the CCMA, that would unlock the engagement to be taken to the next level," Mathunjwa said. "For now we are still in talks."

South African police disperse 3,000 'violent' miners

South African police said they used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse 3,000 "violent" striking miners Tuesday in the restive platinum belt near Marikana, where 34 workers were shot dead in 2012. Strikers "carrying dangerous weapons, such as knobkerries (clubs) and sticks, blocked the road and were threatening to remove non-striking workers at the shaft", police said in a statement.

South African police disperse 3,000 'violent' miners

South African police said they used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse 3,000 "violent" striking miners Tuesday in the restive platinum belt near Marikana, where 34 workers were shot dead in 2012. Strikers "carrying dangerous weapons, such as knobkerries (clubs) and sticks, blocked the road and were threatening to remove non-striking workers at the shaft", police said in a statement.

South Africa platinum talks resume, miners gather for rally

By Zandi Shabalala PRETORIA (Reuters) - Miners in South Africa gathered for a rally near Lonmin's Marikana mine on Wednesday as government-brokered talks between the world's top three platinum producers and the striking AMCU union continued. The strike could be protracted as the two sides remain far apart on wage increases. It started last Thursday and has hit around 40 percent of global output of the precious metal.
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