1. Retaliation

    12,000 South African Miners Fired

    Striking mine workers demonstrate outside the Anglo American Mine on October 5, 2012 in Rustenburg. South African police on October 5 recovered the body of a miner killed in clashes with striking workers at the platinum mine, as President Jacob Zuma appealed for an end to months of often violent industrial disputes. Miners said the man was killed late on October 4 when police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of illegal strikers from the mine. Some 28,000 workers have been on a strike at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the world's top platinum producer, since September 12, demanding higher wages. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN        (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    After three weeks of wildcat strikes against their wages, 12,000 South Africans at Anglo America Platinum were fired Friday. The incident is one of many in a string of wildcat strikes that have hit the region. The ANC Youth League—a branch of Africa’s Congress—said it was “deeply disturbed” to learn the company fired the workers whose “blood, sweat, and tears” helped them reap astronomical profits. Earlier Friday, officials denied accusations that a striking protester had been shot dead by police. A commission of inquiry into the 34 protesters shot and killed by police Aug. 16 began earlier this week.

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