South Africa miners celebrate wage deal

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MARIKANA, South Africa — Lonmin Platinum’s miners celebrated a wage deal today that ended a deadly strike, but labor unrest at a different mine took a violent turn when police broke up what they called an illegal gathering near the town of Rustenburg.

That strike is at Amplats mine, owned by Anglo American Platinum which earlier claimed its workers were not striking, but that it shut down operations to ensure their safety against violent threats.

Spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole said today that all five mines in Rustenburg have reopened but they cannot say how many have returned to work.

Lonmin agreed to a gross pay of $1,385) to rock drill operators who had been demanding a monthly take-home wage of $1,560. They also agreed to give all miners a once-off payment of $250 as a bonus for returning to work. A statement from the company said that miners will receive between 11 and 22 percent wage increases.

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