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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.

Eight trapped S.Africa gold miners are dead

Eight of the nine gold mineworkers trapped underground in a shaft west of Johannesburg have been found dead, the National Union of Mineworkers said Thursday. "Eight of the nine mineworkers who were missing at Doornkop Mine are found dead," the union said in a statement. A search was ongoing for the ninth man still missing. The union said the bodies were discovered on Wednesday night by rescue teams.

Striking South African miners reject wage offer

South Africa's platinum mineworkers rejected a fresh wage offer at a public meeting Thursday, and vowed to continue a week-long strike that has brought the sector to a stand-still. Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union crowded into a platinum belt stadium to hear details of a deal firms were hoping would end a stoppage costing each of them as much as $9 million a day. Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin-- the world's top three producers -- have proposed wage increases of at least seven percent for each of the next three years.

South Africa's AMCU union to strike at world's top platinum producers

By Zandi Shabalala and Ed Stoddard RUSTENBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - The main trade union for South African platinum miners will strike next week at the world's top three producers, hitting over half of global output and the margins of companies struggling to make profits. A simultaneous stoppage at the three producers would hit a key South African export at a time when the rand currency is near five-year lows, and deal a fresh blow to investor confidence in Africa's biggest economy.

South Africa's AMCU union to strike at world's top platinum producers

By Zandi Shabalala and Ed Stoddard RUSTENBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - The main trade union for South African platinum miners will strike next week at the world's top three producers, hitting over half of global output and the margins of companies struggling to make profits. A simultaneous stoppage at the three producers would hit a key South African export at a time when the rand currency is near five-year lows, and deal a fresh blow to investor confidence in Africa's biggest economy.

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.

S.Africa union threatens strike in platinum sector

South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Wednesday threatened a sector-wide strike at platinum mines over pay demands. The union said it was consulting members at top global platinum producers on downing tools after workers at Impala Platinum voted in favour of a walk-out. "The process of obtaining and confirming mandate is continuing at Anglo American Platinum as well as at Lonmin," union president Joseph Mathunjwa told journalists. AMCU treasurer Jimmy Gama said the strike would definitely go ahead at Implats.

South African platinum miners stage sit-in at Northam's Dechaba

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - About 2,000 South African mineworkers staged an underground sit-in at Northam Platinum's Dechaba mine, saying they will not leave until a fired union leader is reinstated. South Africa's platinum producers are bracing for more work stoppages as the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and its rival the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) have threatened top producers Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin with strikes which could affect at least half of global output.

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 Africa's AMCU in wage dispute with Lonmin, platinum strike looms

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's hardline AMCU union declared a wage dispute on Thursday with platinum producer Lonmin, raising the prospect of a sector-wide strike in the local platinum industry. Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union spokesman Jimmy Gama told Reuters the union would remain in talks with the world's third largest platinum producer, but if no progress was made a government mediator would try to resolve the deadlock.
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