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S.Africa mine strike persists after unionist killed

by AFP Videos 1:04 mins

S.Africa mine strike persists after unionist killed

by AFP Videos 1:04 mins

SHOTLIST: MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA, MAY 14, 2013. SOURCE: AFPTV -VAR of striking men seated SOUNDBITE 1 Unidentified union official (man) (Xhosa, 9 sec): "The employer has told us that they will not close the offices of the National Union of Mineworkers [NUM, a rival union] -- not today." -Striking men seated MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA, MAY 15,2013. SOURCE : AFPTV S0UNDBITE 2, Sue Vey, Lonmin spokeswoman (English, 16 secs): "So, they did not go down for this morning shift this morning. So we have our 13 shafts currently as we said yesterday standing and hopefully today they will reach an agreement and work will continue." MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA, MAY 14, 2013. SOURCE: AFPTV - Various of seated miners MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA, MAY 15,2013. SOURCE : AFPTV SOUNBITE 3 : Sue Vey, Lonmin spokeswoman (English,16 secs): "The leadership of those unions have distanced themselves from the strike, saying they were not responsible for calling the strike. It is implied that the workers are acting on their own and so forth." MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA, MAY 14,2013. SOURCE : AFPTV - Miners singing and dancing - WS into sun of seated miners /// ----------------------------------------------------------- AFP TEXT STORY: SAfrica-mining-strike-platinum-Lonmin S.Africa mine strike persists after unionist killed JOHANNESBURG, May 15, 2013 (AFP) - Thousands of workers remained on strike Wednesday at South Africa's Lonmin mine, stoking fears of further violence between rival unions that has already turned deadly. "The employees have not gone on morning shift," said Lonmin spokeswoman Sue Vey. "There is no morning shift and the shafts are standing still." Work had stopped at all of the firm's 13 shafts in the northwestern Rustenburg mining town on Tuesday after a key member of the upstart Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) was gunned down over the weekend. AMCU blame the long-dominant National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) for the unionist's death, and is vowing to continue the work stoppage until the NUM is ejected from the mine in the world's top platinum producing region. "Apparently the workers haven't reported to work this morning," AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa told AFP. AMCU was recently recognised as the majority union at Lonmin and at neighbouring Anglo American Platinum, dislodging the NUM from the top position. But Mathunjwa complained that "still NUM is being treated as majority union at the workplace." "NUM is carrying firearms at the workplace wrongfully without being reprimanded by management," he added. The workers were due to meet with the firm at 0700 GMT before deciding their next action, said Mathunjwa.

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