South Africa coal miners start strike

July 25, 2011 18:13

JOHANNESBURG, July 25 - Tens of thousands of South African coal workers went on strike on Monday seeking inflation-busting 14 percent wage increases, but power utility Eskom said the stoppage would not have an immediate impact on plants providing electricity to Africa's largest economy.   

Hundreds of thousands of workers across the country have downed tools in recent weeks, or are threatening to do so, seeking raises double or triple the 5 percent inflation rate in the mid-year bargaining session known locally as "strike season".  

State-run Eskom , which relies on coal for most of its power generation, said the latest strike would only have an impact if it became protracted. 

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