JOHANNESBURG - Tens of thousands of South African gold miners will stop work on Thursday, adding to a wave of strikes and potentially costing the gold mining sector $25 million a day in lost output as bullion trades near all-time highs.
The country's "strike season" is in full swing with unions demanding 10-15 percent pay rises. Inflation is five percent.
Unions representing coal workers were set to meet the chamber of mines in a last attempt to end their wage strike.
Some 100,000 workers at AngloGold Ashanti , Gold Fields , Harmony Gold and another smaller mining group were due to go on strike after shifts end at 6:00 p.m. local time.