Mining company threatens to fire protesting South African mine workers
- 3,000 jobs threatened after metal miners protest source
» Results of violence: Following multiple events which led to the deaths of 44 miners at the hands of police and rival union members, platinum-mining company Lonmin plc has threatened to dismiss more than 3000 workers currently protesting working conditions at the Marikana mine north of Johannesburg. According to mine officials, without 80 percent of the employed workforce present, it is impossible to remove platinum from the ground. As a result, prices for the metal are currently at a six-week high.