Approximately 2,000 miners have ended their underground strike at a platinum mine in Rustenburg, North South Africa, after spending three days below the surface.
Emergence and Demands
The miners, who initiated an illegal strike, surfaced due to the threat of starvation. According to spokesperson Lucky Morotsene, they were awaiting a response to their demands, including profit sharing and immediate pension fund payments, from Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats).
Company’s Stance and Strike Impact
Implats, the mine owner, stated that strike participants could face legal consequences. The mine’s operations were completely halted during the three-day strike.
The Broader Context
This strike is part of a new trend in South Africa where miners protest underground for extended periods. Their demands often include wage increases, free health insurance, and management dismissals. New trade unions, seeking a presence in South Africa’s lucrative mining industry, frequently initiate such actions.