Workers at four of Shanduka's coal operations - Springlake, Leeufontein, Graspan Colliery and Townlands - downed tools on Monday. The main demand of the striking workers, who are affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers, is that Shanduka "centralise its bargaining so that conditions of service can be harmonised". Shanduka is owned by Cyril Ramaphosa, a former chief of NUM, and no slouch at negotiating himself, so the workers might not win this one. Read more: MiningMX
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