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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.

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.

South African gold miners' union offers some compromise as strike bites

By Xola Potelwa WESTONARIA, South Africa (Reuters) - A strike for higher pay hit production at most of South Africa's gold mines on Wednesday, but the main union behind the stoppage said it was willing to relax some of its demands . The stoppage called by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) began at the evening shift on Tuesday, with many miners refusing to go underground.

Two S.African gold producers in wage deals amid strike

Two of the seven South African gold mine producers touched by a pay strike said Wednesday they have struck a wage settlement with unions as the work stoppage entered day two. Evander Gold Mine and Village Main Reef -- which are the smaller of the lot -- agreed to increases of between 7.5 and 8.0 percent for around 5,000 affected workers. Some 107,000 workers are employed by the companies affected by the strike. The entire gold industry in South Africa employs around 140,000 workers.

South Africa's waning gold industry braces for more strikes

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African gold miners plan to strike for higher pay from Tuesday, inflicting more damage on an industry that has produced a third of the bullion ever pulled from the earth but is now in rapid decline. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents almost two thirds of the country's 120,000 goldmine workers, served the mining firms notice of the strike starting from Tuesday's night shift, the companies said.

South Africa's Amplats cuts 4,800 jobs

By Ed Stoddard and Sherilee Lakmidas JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Anglo American Platinum <AMSJ.J>, the world's top platinum producer, said on Friday it would cut about 4,800 jobs, laying off 3,300 workers and paying off the rest, and will redeploy 1,600 more. Job cuts are a sensitive issue in South Africa, where the unemployment rate is more than 25 percent and mine labor violence rooted in a union turf war has killed dozens of people over the past 18 months, mostly on the platinum belt.

S.Africa gold miners give employers strike notice

South Africa's gold mineworkers have given their employers a strike warning for next week after talks for higher wages collapsed, the Chamber of Mines said on Friday. "The strike is expected to begin with effect from the night shift on Tuesday, 3 September 2013," the Chamber of Mines said in a statement. Employers remained open to discussions with all unions, the statement added. Seven companies, including Gold Fields, AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony Gold, have been served with the strike notice.
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