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Lonmin miners return to work but unrest spreads

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 01:03

Sept. 20 - Miners at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana return to work after a six week-long strike, but the wave of unrest spreads to other mines. Simon Hanna reports.

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Thousands of miners at Lonmin's Marikana mine return to work after a bloody six-week wage dispute. The workers ended their strike after agreeing to a pay increase that varied between 11 and 22 percent. Miners said they were happy to return to their jobs. (SOUNDBITE) (Xhosa) MINER RETURNING TO WORK, NQUKWE SABULELO: "I feel very happy that I can go back to work now. I'm going to live well now." But while the strike may be over at the mine in Marikana, the unrest has spread. This mine in Rustenburg belongs to Anglo American Platinum, the world's biggest platinum producer. The company on Thursday threatened legal action if its striking miners didn't go back to work. This after police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a crowd of men carrying traditional weapons in a squatter camp near the mine. The gold sector also has not been spared, with 15,000 miners on strike at the KDC West operation of Gold Fields.

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Lonmin miners return to work but unrest spreads

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 01:03