2007 South Africa miners' strike

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The South Africa miners strike was a one day strike by the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa over working conditions and safety in the country's mining industry. It was the first ever industry-wide miners' strike in South African history.

History[edit]

On 27 November 2007, the National Union of Mineworkers announced that South African mineworkers would go on strike to protest unsafe working conditions.[1]

Strike[edit]

On 4 December 2007, the strike impacted over 240,000 workers in 60 of the nation's mines. [2] The strike was spurred on by a rise in worker fatalities from 2006 to 2007, despite a government plan in October to reduce fatalities. Between 5,000 and 30,000 people showed up to a rally in Johannesburg to protest the working conditions. [3]

Less than 5% of mineworkers came to work on that day. [4]

Reaction[edit]

AngloPlat announced it had slashed yearly production goals by 9,000 ounces due to the strike. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First-ever industrywide strike to hit South Africa mines". CNN. Retrieved 2007-11-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Officials meet to decide planned S.Africa mine strike". Reuters. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  3. ^ "South African miners out on strike". Al Jazeera. 2007-12-04. Archived from the original on 7 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Miners on strike over death toll". CNN. Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-04.