Labour unions urged to support ongoing mine strikes

The National Striking Committee, a body which claims to have been elected by striking mineworkers around the country, has called on labour movements to support the ongoing mine strikes.

The committee has urged Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), its affiliate National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and rival miners’ union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to back the strikes.

The committee is planning to stage a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on the third of next month.

They are adamant that they are the only body that should negotiate on behalf of the striking miners.

The committee has reaffirmed its stance that its minimum demand for all the mines, be it Gold, Platinum or Chrome, should be R12 500.


Striking miners at Goldfields KDC East west of Johannesburge have meanwhile refused to go back to work until their colleagues are released. Seventy two mineworkers were arrested on Friday night on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property after staging a sit in at the Westonaria police station.

They were demanding that the police release 13 people arrested earlier on charges of the attempted murder and assault of two NUM shop stewards.

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