* Talks resume to break week-long strike
* Mining, fruit, wine exports hit
JOHANNESBURG, May 16 Talks resumed on Sunday
between South African transport workers and state logistics
group Transnet [TRAN.UL] to try to end a week-long strike over a
disputed pay deal that is hitting the economy hard.
A Transnet spokesman confirmed the meeting but declined to
give details on talks between the two sides, who wound up their
last round of discussion at midnight on Friday with no
The strike has paralysed South Africa's port and rail
operations and hit exports of metals, fruit and wine to Europe
and Asia after nearly two-thirds of Transnet's 54,000-strong
workforce joined the labour action.
It is the latest protest in the country hosting next month's
soccer World Cup, which is being held in Africa for the first
time. There were concerns the strike could impact imports of
equipment for the soccer event starting next month.
The unions want a 15 percent pay rise, above the 11 percent
offered by Transnet, fuelling criticism among analysts and the
central bank who say a pay rise well above the 5.1 inflation
rate would slow South Africa's economic recovery.
Anglo American Plc's (AAL.L) iron ore unit in South Africa
has declared force majeure on shipments, joining other global
metal exporters such as Xstrata XTA.L, which said it could not
supply ferrochrome to its customers. [ID:nLDE64B2B7]
The unions said 60 percent of Transnet's port, rail and fuel
operations were disrupted, with no import goods being offloaded.
(Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by Reed Stevenson)