Dispute over wages in mining company in Zambia

Zambian miners kill Chinese supervisor over wage dispute

Source: SABC News
Date: 5 August 2012
Author: SAPA-DPA

Zambian miners killed their Chinese supervisor at the weekend over a wage dispute at Collum mine, situated 325 kilometres south of the capital, Lusaka. Workers protested because they continued to be paid a minimum salary of around USD 80 dollars, way below the new minimum wage level that has been recently increased by the government. In 2010, Chinese managers at Collum Coal Mine shot and wounded Zambian workers who were already protesting over poor salaries. According to Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda, this last tragedy could have been avoided through appropriate social dialogue.


5 shot during mine wage rage

Source: Mining Safety
Date: 3 September 2012

Five miners who were striking at Gold One’s flagship Modder East mine near Springs have been shot by security guards during a wage protest. A large group of workers was protesting since June 4, when several of them had been immediately dismissed because of the strike they had organized that day to claim for better wages. This time, workers who were killed were protesting to get their jobs back with better pay.


South African platinum mine strikes spread

Source: Financial Times
Date: 23 August 2012
Author: Javier Blas

The labour unrest in South Africa is spreading platinum mine after platinum mine. After the tragedy that happened at Lonmin Marikana, workers at two other platinum mines also demanded higher wages and blocked the entrance to several underground pits, prompting concerns of full-blown industrial unrest in South Africa, one of the world’s most important commodity producers (not only of platinum but also of dozens of other minerals).


Miners killed during a series of strikes and labour unrest over wages in South Africa

Tragic : 34 miners killed in clash over wages with Policy in South Africa

Source: Clutch daily news
Date: 17 August 2012, 2010
Author: Danielle Britni

34 miners were killed and 78 injured during violent confrontation at the Lonmin Marikana platinum mine, nearly 60 miles from Johannesburg, and which, came after a week of contentious protesting. According to reports (here from BBC and USA Today), the platinum miners were on strike protesting working conditions and demanding higher wages when police opened fire.


Foxconn new strategy generating new labour disputes

Fresh labour disputes hit Foxconn

Date: 1 November 2011
Source: Financial Times
Kathrin Hille

Foxconn new strategy to transfer part of its mass-production activities in new large plants in inland provinces at different wages and working conditions has generated new labour disputes.

The number of strikes in Vietnam has doubled in 2011

Vietnam: Strikes double in 2011

Date: 10 January 2012
Source: Vietnam Bridge
Thanh Van

According to the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), up to 857 strikes were recorded in Vietnam in 2011, doubling the rate of 2010.

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