The history of mine labor in
the Republic of South Africa
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- Ceremony to commemorate the deaths of South African
workers at Vametco, a US-owned mine in South Africa!
- From the South African Exchange Program on Environmental Justice, 18
November 1995. Coalition members from New England are organizing
a wreath laying ceremony which is scheduled on the same day as the
wreath laying ceremony at the mine gates in South Africa to commemorate
the deaths of former workers at Vametco, a US-owned mine.
- Miners on strike at South African gold mine
- AFP, 26 March 1996. Some 2,000 miners went on strike Tuesday at a
gold mine near in Free State province to protest the sacking of
259 rock-drill operators after an illegal strike at the Unisel mine
near Welkom. Despite talks and meetings with the rock-drill
operators' committee on the mine and with National Union of
Mineworkers officials, the strikers refused to resume drilling
and were served with dismissal notices.
- Strike by 11 000 halts gold mining
- IOL - Reuters, 22 March 2000. A one-day strike at Free State gold
mines to protest against job losses and poverty. Gold Fields, the
world's second largest gold producer, said mining operations
at its Beatrix, St Helena and Oryx mines had
effectively ground to a halt after 11,000 members of the National
Union of Mineworkers (Num) failed to show up for work.
- Mineworkers' Union (MWU) protests to Eskom over affirmative
- Sapa, 8 June 2000. The predominantly white-Afrikaans Mineworkers' Union is to hand over
a memorandum on Friday to Eskom, protesting against the parastatal's
affirmative action programme. Last week, on the deadline for companies
with more than 150 employees to submit their proposals on implementing
the Employment Equity Act, the MWU sent a memorandum to Labour Minister
Membathisi Mdladlana urging the minister to ensure that affirmative
action did not lead to "new forms of injustices".
- NUM to hold rally over inflation-related wage offer
- Sapa, 12 July 2000. The National Union of Mineworkers is to hold a
rally after rejecting a Chamber of Mines offer to extend an agreement
on inflation-related wage increases for colliery workers by a year,
in exchange for a six percent wage increase this year. This is an
attempt to push the union to sell its dignity for peanuts.