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miner thumb medium90 104EWN reports that Cosatu has called on trade unions to put their differences aside and work together to force government to act against mining companies with high death rates.  

On Wednesday, the labour federation called on government to prosecute management at Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof operation for reckless endangerment of workers.  This was after the deaths of four miners who apparently succumbed to heat exhaustion after going into a disused shaft on Monday.  Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe visited the mine, saying there were signs of reckless conduct in regard to the deaths.  Cosatu’s Sizwe Pamla said government needed to be forced to choose between workers and mining companies.  “For a long time South African government has chosen the side of the mining companies.  We think people of South Africa, especially trade unions, need to work together and we’re encouraging trade unions organised in that circuit to actually put aside their own differences.”  He claimed that mining companies were killing workers without any care because government was too generous and easy on them.

  • Read this report by Clement Manyathela at EWN

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