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Striking Miners Return to Work in South Africa

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of workers at South Africa’s Lonmin platinum mine are returning to work following the signing of a wage deal that ended a five-week strike. Under the agreement, signed late Tuesday, Lonmin agreed to give its workers a pay raise of up to 22 percent, less than the workers demands for a $1,500 base monthly […]

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15,000 Mine Workers Strike in South Africa

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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New labor unrest has hit South Africa’s mining industry, with 15,000 workers going on strike at a mine near Johannesburg. Mining firm Gold Fields Limited says the strike, which began Sunday, has suspended all production at its KDC West gold mine. The company says the reason for the strike is unclear, but its leaders are […]

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South Africa Drops Murder Charges Against Miners

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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South African prosecutors have provisionally dropped murder charges against 270 miners accused of killing 34 fellow workers shot dead by police. The miners were charged following the August 16 shooting incident during a strike at the Lonmin mine in Marikana. The acting director of prosecutions, Nomgcono Jiba, said Sunday that final charges will only be […]

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South Africa’s Justice Minister Questions Charges Against Miners

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s justice minister is demanding that prosecutors explain why striking miners are being charged with the murder of 34 fellow workers who by all accounts were shot by police. Minister Jeff Radebe issued the demand Friday, saying the decision by South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority induced a sense of “shock, panic and confusion.” The […]

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South African Miners Charged in Police Shootings of Strikers

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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South African prosecutors have charged 270 miners with the murders of 34 colleagues killed by police during a strike — a decision some South Africans call “madness.” Authorities are using an obscure statute called the common purpose law, under which people in a crowd where a crime was committeed can be prosecuted as accomplices. The […]

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Zuma Meets Miners at Site of Police Killings

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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South African President Jacob Zuma has assured miners his government will uncover the “truth” about the police killing of 34 striking mine workers. Mr. Zuma spoke to hundreds of striking miners at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana. Police opened fire on protesters demanding higher wages at the Marikana mine last week. At least 10 […]

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Body of Fourth Miner Pulled From Flooded Welsh Mine

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescue workers have pulled the body of a fourth miner out of a flooded mine in southern Wales, in one of the worst mining disasters in the region in years. British Prime Minister David Cameron described the accident as “desperately sad.” Three of the seven miners in the mine at the time managed to make […]

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Chinese Mines Claim More Victims

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Another coal-mine accident in China has claimed the lives of 10 workers in the country’s southwestern Sichuan province. China’s official Xinhua news agency said two more miners remain missing at the Zengjiagou mine , which flooded on Monday . The mine’s owner and a safety manager have been arrested. This past Tuesday, emergency crews rescued […]

Chinese Mines Claim More Victims

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Another coal-mine accident in China has claimed the lives of 10 workers in the country’s southwestern Sichuan province. China’s official Xinhua news agency said two more miners remain missing at the Zengjiagou mine , which flooded on Monday . The mine’s owner and a safety manager have been arrested. This past Tuesday, emergency crews rescued […]

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Xinhua: Three Trapped Miners not Likely to be Rescued

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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China’s official Xinhua news agency says the three remaining workers who have been trapped in a flooded coal mine for 10 days are not likely to survive. On Tuesday, 22 workers were rescued from the illegally operated mine near the northeastern city of Qitaihe. Xinhua said Friday the three remaining miners have been located and […]

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