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14 Chilean Miners Receive Pension Benefits

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Chilean government has given special pensions to 14 of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for more than two months last year. The 14 miners were recognized Tuesday during a ceremony that first lady Cecilia Morel attended in the town of Copiapo. Each miner will receive a monthly income of about $530. The […]

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Chilean Foreign Minister in US for Mine Rescue Exhibit

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno is in Washington for the opening of a new museum exhibit telling the story of 33 Chilean miners who survived being trapped underground for more than two months. The foreign minister met Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department, where both expressed excitement about the […]

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South African Gold Miners End Strike

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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South African gold miners have ended a five-day strike after reaching a new wage deal with four mining firms. Unions say their workers will receive raises of between 7.5 and 10 percent under the two-year deal, announced Tuesday. More than 100,000 miners went on strike last Thursday after negotiations reached a stalemate. Solidarity, one of […]

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S. African Gold Strike Continues, Talks to Resume Monday

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Spokesmen for striking South African gold miners and the companies they work for said Friday talks were set to resume on Monday. Neither side offered details on the current status of wage negotiations. The miners are demanding a 14 percent pay raise while they have been offered seven to nine percent raises. Thousands of miners […]

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S. African Gold Miners to Resume Talks to End Strike

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Striking South African gold miners are set to resume talks with producers Friday to end their work stoppage. Thousands of miners from AngloGold, Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and several smaller mines left their jobs on Thursday. The miners are demanding a 14 percent pay hike compared to the seven to nine percent they have been […]

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UN Condemns Killing of Afghan De-miners

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has condemned the killing of four Afghan mine clearance workers who were kidnapped in the southwest part of the country last week. U.N. officials say 31 workers were ambushed and kidnapped by unidentified gunmen while driving to a worksite in the Bala Buluk district on Wednesday. Afghan officials say at least four […]

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More than 70 Chinese Miners Trapped in Three Separate Accidents

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in China say more than two dozen workers are trapped in a mine where a fire broke out in eastern Shangdong Province. The State Administration of Work Safety says an air compression device 225 meters underground caught fire Wednesday. Initial reports said 36 miners were trapped, but the safety agency has since lowered the […]

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