80,000 workers in S. Africa’s gold miners to strike today over pay hike

JOHANNESBURG (Sept 3)   South Africa’s main mining union says 80,000 of its members working in gold mines will go on strike from this evening over pay hike. The union, which represents about 64 percent of South Africa’s 120,000 gold miners, seeks a 60 percent raise for its members. Mine owners say they cannot afford to meet the demands. The strike will affect the country’s top gold producers, including AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields.