South African Chrome Miners Join Strike Despite Crackdown
MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) -- The South African Press Association reports mining strikes that have halted work at seven gold and platinum mines have spread to the chrome sector.
The official news agency quotes a strike leader saying some miners at Samancor Chrome stopped work Friday demanding a minimum take-home pay of 12,500 rand ($1,560).
A company spokeswoman says only the CEO can comment. It was unclear whether production was affected at the chrome mine near Mooinooi, northwest of Johannesburg.
Unrest began with a deadly strike Aug. 10 at Lonmin PLC's platinum mine and quickly spread to six other platinum and one gold mine.
Police and soldiers were out in force Monday to halt a planned illegal march by Lonmin miners in the fifth week of a strike after the government ordered a crackdown.