So Africa: Further protests at Lonmin mine over pay & conditions - follows violence which left 34 dead

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19 September 2012

Lonmin miners in South Africa sign pay deal

Author: Al Jazeera

Striking workers at South Africa's Lonmin platinum mine say they will return to work...after accepting a pay rise of 22 per cent. The planned return to work...will end more than five weeks of crippling and bloody industrial action that left at least 34 miners dead in a police crackdown last month..."The actual increase is about 22 per cent, which is very high," said Bishop Jo Seoka, South African Council of Churches president who negotiated the talks between the miners and their employer...[Jacob] Zuma [South Africa's president] blamed poor living and working conditions of miners on the apartheid past and the failures of mining companies to honour a charter to improve the lives of miners. [also refers to Anglo American]

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5 September 2012

Strikers march at S Africa's platinum mine

Author: Al Jazeera

More than 1,000 striking South African miners have demonstrated at Lonmin's Marikana mine, where police shot dead 34 of their colleagues last month...As the violence spreads across several mines, workers have gone on strike and threatened to halt production in all mines if salaries and living conditions are not improved...Talks between Lonmin management, unions and the government to ease tensions and get the striking miners back to work were due to resume at 1000 GMT in the nearby city of Rustenburg. But the Marikana march suggested chances of a breakthrough were slim. South Africa has been rocked by mining violence since August 16 when police shot and killed 34 striking miners at Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana. The miners were demanding a 300 per cent pay rise. [also refers to Gold One International

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