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Thursday, 18 October 2012

South Africa’s Mine Workers press on with demands for better pay & working conditions

Patrick Kane of War on Want reviews the intensified struggles of South Africa’s mineworkers in the aftermath of the deaths of 34 mine workers by police shootings at the Marikana mine in August and quotes COSATU’s Sidumo Dlamini: "What we see happening at Marikana and elsewhere is that workers are essentially demanding a living wage. Workers are simply saying, 'We produce wealth and we want our reasonable share. And they expect to be given a fair share.' This is a reflection of the demands being harbored by millions of our people"
Leading COSATU affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers, is South Africa 's largest union organising in the mining industry: http://www.num.org.za