Aug 20 (Reuters) - As workers trickle back to duty at Lonmin , the world's
third-largest platinum producer, following what is now dubbed the 'Marikana Massacre' where 44 people lost their lives, here is a look at major strikes in the South African platinum industry in the last two years.
Sept-Oct 2010 - A six-week strike over pay at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine resulted in revenue losses of about 380 million rand ($45 million). Northam lost around 1,000 ounces of platinum a day.
May 2011 - Lonmin fired 9,000 staff at its Karee mine near Rustenburg after they went on an illegal strike following a dispute between the National Union of Mineworker's Rustenberg regional office and the leadership of the local Karee branch of the NUM. Lonmin lost 30,000 ounces of output.
Oct. 2011 - Aquarius Platinum hit by a strike called by Association of Mining and Construction Unions (AMCU), who represented contract workers at its Everest mine. Aquarius lost up to 3,000 ounces.
Jan-Feb 2012 - Impala Platinum's Rustenburg operation was closed for six weeks at a cost of 120,000 ounces of platinum after rock drill operators went on strike. Three miners were killed in clashes between rival union factions at the mine.
May 2012 - A confrontation between NUM members and AMCU members in a battle for membership led to violence, arrests and a further two day strike at Implats' Rustenburg operations. Implats said that during a clash between the rival unions, one company employee was shot and wounded and some 6,000 ounces of production was lost.
Sources: Reuters/Nomura/Platts/Company websites
(Reporting by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit) ($1 = 8.3335 South African rand) Keywords: SAFRICA LONMIN/STRIKES
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