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newsSABC News reports that the 57 miners who staged a sit-in underground at the Thusi Coal Mine in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, over salaries have resurfaced.  Apparently they were not paid salaries for three months.  

The workers, who are affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), spent 23 days underground to force the mine management to pay them.  On Tuesday, they called off the strike as the mine apparently signed an agreement to pay them.  Amcu branch secretary Don Sibanyoni said:  “The employer agreed to pay us and workers signed the agreement.  We are currently discussing ways to move forward in terms of opening of the mine again.”  It is alleged that the mine ceased operations at Thusi and is likely to start an open cast mine elsewhere.  Negotiations are underway to recruit these miners for the next exploration.

  • This report by Siphephile Kunene is at SABC News

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