Mining strikes to escalate, says group

2012-10-13 21:32


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Rustenburg - The strike in the mining sector is set to continue, the strike co-ordinating committee said on Saturday.

"No amounts of threats or death can stop us, we are determined to continue with the strike," said spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei.

He said a meeting of the strike committees in all mines in the country have agree to intensify the strike.

"We have agreed to escalate the strike, we are going to shut down the bit that are still operating," he told reporters in Marikana.

Minimum wage

"All workers in the country must be paid a minimum of R12 500, we are calling for a minimum wage for all workers."

He said they also agreed to embark on a national strike in November to push for a minimum wage. The national strike was planned for 3 November.

Mametlwe, who is from the Democratic Socialist Movement, denied that they have hijacked the mineworkers strike.

"We are in solidarity with the workers. Four weeks after the Marikana strike, we saw that no one was standing up for the workers and we offered them solidarity."

He said his movement would canvas international support for mineworkers.

"We will call for solidarity march at SA embassy abroad, the day workers stage a national strike. It is not fair that mineworkers are living in poor condition while the bosses pets are far better."

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