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South Africa: Demonstration and motorway blockade

JOHANNESBURG : Hundreds of striking Sibanye-Stillwater workers blocked a major highway outside Johannesburg on Friday to press their demands for higher wages, and union leaders said they would not back down despite the gold miner's no work, no pay policy.

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South Africa': NUM-Union members in gold mining industry determined to fight

Last week, the majority of union members in the two major unions, NUM and AMCU, voted to go on strike. On Tuesday this week, the strike began for 1000 rand more per month (about €60) at South Africa's largest gold mining company, Stillwater Sibanye. The company offered 800 rand more per month. The company's mines are located in the Johannesburg area.

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Africa: Death in shaft 16 at Impala Rustenburg on 28 Nov

Johannesburg: Two mineworkers have been rescued and the bodies of three have been recovered at Impala Rustenburg 6 Shaft, which suffered an underground mud-rush incident. Search and rescue operations continued around the clock following the incident which took place on Sunday, November 28.

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Margret from Uganda sent us the following report:

Dear miners around the world, We miners from Uganda send greetings to miners' families around the world, we hope that all miners' families around the world are safe and healthy. We would like to inform you about the lockdown phase because of Corona in Uganda. The mining families from Uganda are calling on the mining families from the world to stand up and support the mining families from Uganda who are going through many challenges during this lockdown.

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Dear miners of Konkola Copper Mines(KCM) in Chingola

You have my fullest solidarity in your strike and we condemn the arrest of striking miners by the police. We wish you all the best, much strength and success in your struggle. I myself can understand your situation very well, as I worked as an electrician in the German underground coal mining industry for almost 35 years. However, I am also speaking as the elected main coordinator of the International Miners' Coordination, which has held two international miners' conferences in different countries since 2013.

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Report from Morocco

With the pandemic, people all over the world are only thinking about life and how to protect themselves from the Corona virus, the danger that threatens our daily lives. We are living not only an economic and social crisis, but also a psychological crisis, conditions that have favoured governments and capitalists to act against all the achievements of the working class and, in particular, against the right to work.

Report of the Africa Coordinator of the International Mineworkers' Coordination

It is a zinc, silver and lead mine located in the Middle Atlas region (Khenifra province), with 300 miners organised in the central union, the Moroccan Labour Union (UMT). The working class of the jbel ouam mine has very severe working conditions, either from the point of view of safety (frequent fatal accidents) or from the point of view of wages and benefits in kind, forcing the miners to make repeated protests.

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Morocco: 100 Miners Occupy the Jebel Aouam Mine Underground

100 Moroccan mine workers have spent the past week 700 metres underground, occupying the Jebel Aouam mine near M'rirt in Khénifra province. Another 200 workers are protesting above ground. The workers are striking and occupying the mine because the management of Compagnie Minière de Touissit (CMT) failed to implement an agreement signed with IndustriALL affiliate l'Union Marocaine du travail (UMT) in 2019.

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Morocco: Declaration of solidarity to the Ukrainian and South African miners of Fathi from Morocco

Dear comrades, I have received your report of strikes and demonstrations, the conditions you are living are the same as those that many miners have experienced, that is, the closure of mines managed in the same way throughout the world and that the crisis begins with the non-payment of the workers, to make the miners face poverty so that they cannot resist the demonstrations and weaken in front of the decision-makers, and like all mining towns, the whole population is attached to the wages of the workers who circulate and create indirect jobs,

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