S Africa – Village Main Reef mine hit by strike; road freight strikes

Reuters Africa

Striking miners dance and cheer after they were informed of a 22 percent wage increase offer outside Lonmin's Marikana mine, 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Village Main Reef said on Friday 1,700 workers at its Blyvoor operation had downed tools in an illegal strike, the latest wildcat industrial action to hit the country’s mining sector.


City Press

The Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) has approached the Labour Court with an urgent application to request relief from strike violence.

The relief was in terms of violence experienced since Tuesday, said spokesperson Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht in a voice message.

The application is being made as employers and unions in the freight logistics industry were meeting on Friday in an attempt to end the strike, which has entered its fifth day.

The RFEA said on a twitter feed dedicated to the strike today: “#RFEA committed to talks today in attempt to resolve dispute. Read more…

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