South Africa experienced violent, bloody and deadly industrial actions in the mining, transport and agricultural industries during the last three months of 2012. Out of 99 strikes processed within the Department, 45 strikes were unprotected.
Striking Lonmin Platinum miners gather in Marikana, South Africa, where a new wage offer was rejected, Sept. 14, 2012.
Jul 25, 2013· Mining: South African unions declare wage war By Crystal van Vyk Uncertainty has gripped South Africa's gold mining sector after three major workers unions announced that talks with employers reached a deadlock.
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) -- A South African union representing striking platinum miners held wage talks with employers on Friday amid reports of some confrontations around the mines. Union representatives on Friday met senior managers of mining companies to discuss worker demands for higher wages in one of South Africa's major industries.
South Africa has a history of mining strikes, with the 2014-15 labour dispute in the platinum sector causing severe damage to the industry. "Our members are prepared to (strike) in order to achieve a living wage in this sector," AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa told local media.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Tuesday that wage negotiations in the gold sector were at a deadlock and the union had declared a dispute, a move that is one step short of a strike.. However, the Minerals Council, formerly known as the Chamber of Mines, which is representing gold producers in the wage talks, said the talks were still ongoing.
Mining is a very important economic activity in South Africa. In 2009 mining contributed 8.8 per cent directly and 10 per cent indirectly to the country's gross domestic product (GDP), sustained approximately one million jobs and created roughly 10.5 billion rand in .
The numbers that explain why South African miners are going back on strike today ... told Quartz that the union wants mining employers to raise ... average wages for mining and quarrying workers ...
Nov 15, 2012· As at Lonmin – where the company was forced by the power of its strike committee to pay a 22% wage increase – the workers at Lonmin and AngloPlat have changed the face of industrial relations in South Africa.
Jun 25, 2014· MARIKANA South Africa (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of South African platinum miners returned to work on Wednesday after wage deals ended the longest and most damaging strike .
The strike, the biggest test of strength yet between the National Union of Mineworkers and the South African Chamber of Mines, began as most workers on the overnight shift at 28 gold and 18 coal mines reportedly did not go to work.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — More than 200,000 black miners went on strike at 46 of South Africa's gold and coal mines Sunday night to support their demands for a 30% pay increase and demonstrate the growing political and economic power of the .
1946 – This strike was called " The African Mine Workers Strike" and lasted for over a week. In this instance workers asked for a wage increase and an estimate of 9 .
Jan 24, 2014· RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — A South African union representing striking platinum miners held wage talks with employers on Friday amid reports of some confrontations around the mines. Union representatives on Friday met senior managers of mining companies to discuss worker demands for higher wages in one of South Africa's major industries.
The strike also hurt output in manufacturing, which makes up about 15% of the economy locally and about 40% of global production of the precious metal, which is used for catalytic converters in vehicles and is a key source of hard currency for South Africa.
The strikes would take place at Sibanye Gold's Driefontein mine, Harmony Gold's Kusaselethu and Masimong mines, and at all of AngloGold Ashanti's South African operations.
Big ore producers operating in South Africa, such as AngloGold Ashanti, are currently facing strike notices over pay demands, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) revealed.
African and Mideast Business South Africa wage protest spreads to Bafokeng platinum mine. ... outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of .
Jun 12, 2014· South Africa is home to 80 percent of the world's known platinum reserves and the strike has halted production at mines that usually account for 40 percent of .
Strike at 2 Exxaro Mines in South Africa Ends September 21, 2017 | Leading Developments Update on October 1: Exxaro Coal (Pty) Ltd. and the South African National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have reached a three-year wage agreement that brings the current wage strike at its Grootegeluk and Leeuwpan mines to a conclusion.
This organization represents about 20 percent of South African gold-mining employees and is recalling their right to strike, despite the fact that most gold employees reached an agreement in collective wage talks last year, the association's president, Joseph Mathunjwa, said last week, quoted by Bloomsberg.
Troubled times are on the horizon for the gold mining sector as South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is threatening to strike if its rival union and gold mining companies impose a wage deal to its members.
This strike in South Africa is the longest strike in the country's history. The strike ended productions in mines which produce around 40 percent of all the global platinum output and has pushed the economy of South Africa into its first contraction since the global economic crisis five years ago.
South Africa's largest gold producer, Sibanye-Stillwater, on Thursday said one of its employees was shot dead in a violent strike that shuttered all three of its mines.
JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Sibanye Gold Ltd. said a protracted strike at its South African gold mines may hurt earnings at a time when the .
AMCU workers to strike at Sibanye's South Africa gold mines. ... Stillwater will down tools at its South African gold operations this week, after months of wage negotiations with the Association ...
IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN Construction Industry – Status and Recommendations – ... The study notes that construction industry is an important employer of labour in South Africa – accounting for around 8% of total formal employment and around 17% of total informal employment.
The longest strike in South Africa's history has ended. . and the mining bosses returned to the negotiations again in earnest. . It was a courageous attempt by the miners to break the 130 year old legacy of poverty wages.
South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers said on Monday its members at Northam Platinum had started a wage strike following a dispute with management, the latest work stoppage in the country.
In 2013, South Africa recorded 114 strikes, but the overall impact was much heavier in 2014 as the total number of strike days in creased from between 1 to 5 in 2014, to up to 20 in 2014.
On November 14, the gold mining company signed three-year wage agreements with a trio of other South African unions, ending months of negotiations that started in July.
AMCU, the second-largest union in South African gold mines, is seeking 12,500 rand a month. That would represent a substantial increase to companies including Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd., which reached an agreement in 2015 that increased the monthly minimum basic pay to .
From the reports that I have been reading, it appears that there are now over 100 000 miners caught up in these illegal strikes, which has triggered what could be the biggest crisis in South Africa's mining history. South Africa is a country plagued with unemployment and poverty, and is a desperately unequal society. An enormous percentage of the South African population is either not working or if they are, .