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amcu thumb medium80 81SABC News reports that production at Wonderfontein Coal Mine in Mpumalanga has been halted for nearly three weeks.  

Over 260 workers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) are on strike, seeking better wages, among other demands.  Workers want their basic monthly salary to be doubled from R4,000 to R8,000 and also asking for medical aid, transport and housing allowances.  John Sibiya, Amcu Mpumalanga Regional Secretary, said efforts to negotiate with the mining bosses have thus far been unsuccessful.  He commented:  “We have tried to negotiate with the mine but they are refusing to take any of our offers…  This mine is owned by Cyril Ramaphosa but his employees are suffering."  The strike has been marred by acts of violence, which have been condemned by management.  Heavy security has apparently been deployed at the mine.

  • Read the original of this report by Tumelo Machogo at SABC News

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