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41,200 Miners Strike in S. Africa

Fifteen thousand more workers joined strikes in South Africa that have rattled the country’s government and upset production at major gold and platinum mines in recent weeks. The thousands of new strikers did not show up for work Monday at Gold Fields International, where management said that the strike began Sunday night. At the Lonmin platinum mine, managers said that only 6 percent of the 28,000-member workforce showed up Monday. Workers at Lonmin are demanding that management double their wages and have threatened violent action against employees who cross the picket line and go to work before a resolution is reached.