18 June 2017

South Africa: Zwane's Mining Charter - Risking Jobs in a Recession

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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has claimed that the third Mining Charter will promote transformation, the economy and jobs. But the mining industry has bled jobs in recent years - and the charter might accelerate the decline.

Sibanye Gold dismissed over 1,500 miners last week at its Cooke operations for participating in an unprotected strike. Unions are outraged and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has committed to "pulling out all its available resources to fight this barbaric and anti-worker attitude", calling mining companies capitalist barbarians who are trying to divide workers. The union claimed 2,000 workers were dismissed.

The dismissals relate to Sibanye's policy to tackle illegal mining. It's cracking down on employees who assist illegal miners and has arrested a number of staff members. There's been intimidation and violence. Sixteen employees were seriously assaulted. NUM alleged its rival the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) bullied its members into joining the strike and all...

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