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Strike hits junior coal miner

Oct 24 2012 11:48 Reuters

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HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED [JSE:HAR]

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Change -0,42
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Cumulative volume 2756243
Market cap 7.92bn

Last Updated: 31-10-2014 at 04:29. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

Anglo American Plat Ltd [JSE:AMS]

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Change -7,25
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Cumulative volume 265041
Market cap 93.04bn

Last Updated: 31-10-2014 at 04:29. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LIMITED [JSE:ANG]

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Change -1,1
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Cumulative volume 2886928
Market cap 38.30bn

Last Updated: 31-10-2014 at 04:29. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

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Johannesburg - SA Coal Mining Holdings said on Wednesday operations at its Umlabu colliery have been interrupted due to a strike, signaling spreading labour unrest in the domestic mining sector that has choked output.

SA Coal Mining, a junior coal producer, said the strike by the National Union of Mineworkers is over a wage dispute.

Striking miners at AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG], the world’s No.3 gold producer, have until midday to return to work or be fired. The company said on Tuesday it was seeing positive signs that workers will return to work by the deadline.

The bulk of workers at AngloGold’s two mines, Kopanang and Great Noligwa, had returned to work.

Rival bullion producer Harmony Gold Mining Company [JSE:HAR] has also given wildcat strikers an ultimatum to return to work on Thursday.

The hardball tactic has not always worked. Gold Fields [JSE:GFI], the world’s fourth-largest bullion producer, sacked 8 500 wildcat strikers at its KDC East mine on Tuesday after they ignored an ultimatum to return to work.

Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats), the world’s largest platinum producer, was the first to take a stand against wildcat strikes, sacking 12 000 workers at its Rustenburg operations earlier this month.

Last week it said it would delay the dismissal process at its Union and Amandelbult operations, where it employs 20 500 people. It also said it was open to discussing the reinstatement of the sacked workers with unions.

The strikes spread to other mining industries after starting in the platinum mines.

 
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