Agence France-PresseSeptember 3, 2013 16:49
Thousands of South African gold miners went on strike Tuesday after wage talks broke down, threatening to cause millions of dollars in lost output in the troubled sector.
Powerful labour group the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) -- which represents the bulk of affected workers -- called for stoppages following its members' rejection of a 6.5 percent wage hike last week.
"Our members have not clocked in for the night shift, at several mines in the Carletonville area. The strike is on," Mbuyiseli Hibana, NUM regional secretary general, told AFP.