Migrants exploiting Calais ferry strike

A strike has closed the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel. Striking French ferry workers blockaded the French port with a wall of flaming tyres, before forcing the closure of the Channel Tunnel by getting on to the tracks.… Read the rest

Striking Marikana miners were killers says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has shown little sympathy for the victims and relatives of the Marikana massacre after he announced that the slain and wounded miners had themselves been killers.

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) south campus hall was packed … Read the rest

Strike shuts down Israeli embassies worldwide

strikeIsrael has closed its embassies around the world as about 1 200 foreign ministry employees declare a strike over low salaries.

The strike by Israeli diplomats has affected Israel’s 102 missions abroad.

Israeli diplomats launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, … Read the rest

Solidarity threatens strike at Lonmin

solidatityPlatinum producer Lonmin faces possible strike action from minority unions that were left out of a recognition agreement it signed last week with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Trade union Solidarity says it is considering staging a … Read the rest

Motor industry workers to strike

benzfabriekMore than 30 000 assembly line workers in the motor manufacturing industry are expected to down tools today. This after wage talks between the seven biggest manufacturers and metalworkers’ union Numsa deadlocked.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa … Read the rest

Cosatu’s workers ‘agree to stop violence’

Western Cape farmworkers will suspend their protests over wages and living conditions for two weeks, Acting Labour Minister Angie Motshekga said on Wednesday.

She said the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) had consulted workers and it was agreed they … Read the rest

Zille warns of ‘anarchy’ in Western Cape

Western Cape premier Helen Zille warned on Wednesday that the province was “heading towards anarchy” as farmworker protests continued.

The Democratic Alliance leader said in statement she had sent ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman an SMS detailing her concerns.

The … Read the rest

White office workers threatened by strikers

Striking black mine workers at the Mponeng mine near Carletonville, west of Johannesburg, have issued death threats to white office workers at the mine. Yesterday they were told not to come to work today, unless they wanted to be killed.… Read the rest

South African truck drivers go on strike

South African truck drivers are now officially on strike, according to radio station RSG. Over the long weekend the were threatening to go on strike after several months of failed salary negotiations with employers, the main transport workers’ union said … Read the rest

Police fire rubber bullets at Amplats miners

Police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse a group of people gathered near Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in Rustenburg on Wednesday, said a spokesman.

“Police dispersed people trying to gather illegally. As we have said, we are not tolerating … Read the rest

Striking workers disperse at Gold Fields mine

Striking mineworkers who had gathered at Gold Fields’ KDC west mine near Carletonville on Saturday morning have dispersed, the company said.

Spokesman Sven Lunsche said the area was calm and protesters had returned to their hostels.

Wage talks between the … Read the rest