Gold Miners Go On Strike

September 3, 2013 by  

Gold Miners Go On Strike, A strike in South Africa’s gold mines began on Tuesday with some workers failing to go underground for the evening shift, despite an appeal by President Jacob Zuma for a solution to avert a stoppage that will hurt Africa’s largest economy.

“It has officially started. There are people who have not gone underground,” Charmane Russell, a spokeswoman for gold producers grouped in the Chamber of Mines, told Reuters.

She said it was too early to give details of how many workers were supporting the strike over wages called by the country’s main mining union, NUM, or which specific mines were affected.

The stoppage was called by the National Union of Mineworkers, which represents two thirds of the workers in South Africa’s gold mines, after weeks of talks between unions and companies broke down last week.

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