mining

The Marikana massacre: a premeditated killing?

Benjamin Fogel on the Lonmin Massacre and the chilling bloodlust of the Stalinists in the South African Communist Party.

Echoes of the past: Marikana, cheap labour and the 1946 miners strike

Chris Webb puts the Lonmin massacre in some historical perspective.

Umshini Wam

Chris McMichael on the Lonmin Massacre. 'Umshini Wam' is Jacob Zuma's trade mark song. It means 'bring me my machine gun'.

Senzeni Na?

A beautifully written piece on the Lonmin massacre by Chris Rodrigues.

'Senzeni na?' is the name of a very mournful struggle song in South Africa that means 'What have we done?'

The Marikana mine workers massacre – a massive escalation in the war on the poor

Ayanda Kota from South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo reports on the background to the massacre of striking mine workers at Marikana Platinum.

Some words on the miner's conflict in Asturias

Article about the miners' strike in Asturia in 2012 by Jose Maria Martinez.

Solidarity with mine workers at Marikana Platinum

Families of those killed demonstrate against police

This statement from South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo on the massacre at Marikana Platinum has just come out on their newswire. The death toll is now over 40.

Striking miners killed by security forces in South Africa

Earlier today at least seven striking miners have been gunned down and killed by security forces at South African platinum mine. The killings are the latest in a long line of deaths during a strike that is complicated by a bitter and violent inter-union dispute over membership numbers.

1500 Zimbabwean diamond miners sacked for striking

Over 1500 diamond miners in Zimbabwe have been sacked following a strike for higher pay. Many of the workers have reported serious sexual assaults by the bosses.

A Teamsters strike over disgraceful attacks on pay and conditions enters a third week

Over sixty workers at the Grand Rapids Gravel Company in Wyoming are now in the third week of a strike over proposed pay cuts and vicious attacks on conditions. The bosses have brought in scabs and private security.