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Platinum Producer to Cut 14,000 Jobs in South Africa

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Mining giant Anglo American Platinum has announced plans to close four mine shafts in South Africa and cut up to 14,000 jobs. The vast majority of the job cuts would be in the city of Rustenburg, where at least 46 people were killed in mine-related unrest last year. In a statement Tuesday, the company, also […]

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South African Police Use Force to Disperse Striking Miners

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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South African police have used force to disperse striking miners who are refusing to return to work until their pay demands are met. The unrest came after miners with Anglo American Platinum, or Amplats, defied an offer to return to work Tuesday. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the miners […]

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South African Police Fire Rubber Bullets to Disperse Striking Miners

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Police in South Africa have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a group of striking miners who are refusing to return to work until their pay demands are met. The miners are among 12,000 workers that Anglo American Platinum fired earlier this month after they staged a wildcat strike at its Rustenburg […]

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South African Gold Mining Companies, Workers Reach Agreement

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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South African gold mining companies have signed a new wage deal aimed at ending strikes that have crippled the industry. The deal between mineworkers’ unions and three major mining companies, signed Thursday, gives mineworkers cumulative wage hikes of between 11 and 20 percent. The increase is on top of earlier pay increases that took effect […]

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South African Mine Fires 8,500 Strikers

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A South African company has fired 8,500 mineworkers who ignored an ultimatum to end an illegal strike and return to work. The Gold Fields mining firm said Tuesday it was dismissing the strikers, who worked at its KDC East mine near Johannesburg. The company said the workers had 24 hours to appeal their dismissals. South […]

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More South African Miners Fired After Strikes

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Nearly 3,600 South African mineworkers were fired Tuesday as labor unrest continues to roil the country’s mining industry. Atlatsa Resources said it had dismissed 2,160 workers who have been striking at its Bokoni platinum mines since October 1. It said employees have until the end of the day Wednesday to appeal. Earlier, Gold One International […]

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More South African Miners Fired After Strikes

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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A South African mining firm has fired more than 1,400 workers in the latest response to strikes that have cut gold and platinum production. Gold One International said Tuesday that it was dismissing about 75 percent of the workforce at its Ezulwini operation, southwest of Johannesburg. The firm linked the firings to a strike by […]

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Protest Follows Firing of 12,000 South African Miners

Posted October 6th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Dozens of South African miners held a protest march Saturday in Rustenburg in a show of solidarity with thousands of fellow miners fired at the Anglo American platinum mine. The world’s largest platinum producer dismissed 12,000 mineworkers in Rustenburg Friday for staging an illegal strike. Anglo American Platinum said the workers from its Rustenburg mine […]

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12,000 South African Mineworkers Fired

Posted October 5th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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The world’s largest platinum producer has fired 12,000 mineworkers in South Africa. Anglo American Platinum announced the dismissals Friday, saying the workers from its Rustenberg mine had not shown up for disciplinary hearings related to an illegal strike. The company says the three-week work stoppage has cost $80 million in lost revenue. South Africa’s National […]

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South Africa Probes Police Killing of 34 Miners

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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A South African judicial commission has launched an investigation into the police killing of 34 striking mineworkers. The three-member panel was due to visit the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana township, where the deadly shooting took place August 16. The commission, headed by retired Judge Ian Farlam, began its work with a public hearing in […]

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