One SA leader, Mmusi Maimane, has highlighted the plight of mineworkers in South Africa, saying August 16 should be declared a national commemorative day. Maimane was addressing this year’s event held in honour of those who died in Marikana eight years ago after a strike for better pay went south.
Mine and general workers at Pegmin Micronized Mine at the small farming town of Mica outside Hoedspruit in Limpopo have downed tools over salary increase.
The National Union of Mineworkers doesn’t believe that there has been a significant reduction in the number of fatalities of mine workers.
NUM and Numsa have been picketing outside Eskom head offices at Megawatt Park in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has expressed disappointment at unions not being further united in their fight for workers’ rights – post the Marikana tragedy.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is calling for an internal audit at Eskom, saying it believes corruption is continuing at the power utility’s management level.
Mineworkers at Gold Fields South Deep mine have embarked on an indefinite strike. The strike follows the company’s decision to retrench 1100 of its 5000 workforce due to financial losses.
Three South African unions have signed a three-year wage deal with AngloGold Ashanti, potentially inching the country’s gold industry a closer to ending a standoff over pay.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union says its call for mining companies to be held accountable for mine deaths has fallen on deaf ears.
Unions involved in the Eskom wage negotiations have requested a meeting with Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the board of the power utility.