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Operations at a chrome mine in South Africa owned by chemicals group LANXESS have been suspended since Thursday after workers started an illegal strike over bonus payments.
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The dispute at the mine in Rustenburg, 120km NW of Johannesburg, adds to growing labour tensions around South Africa's platinum belt, which are set to intensify over looming job cuts and wage talks in the sector.
"The strike is still ongoing, although we are trying to persuade workers to go back," said Mxhasi Sithethi, regional coordinator for the National Union of Mineworkers.
"The company issued a court injunction yesterday calling the workers to go back to work, but the employees reacted angrily."
The union will be in talks with the workers and the company's management on Monday to find a solution to the dispute. The company could not be reached for comment. Reuters