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    LESOTHO/PORT ELIZABETH AND VARIOUS, SOUTH AFRICA

    South Africa's mining union has warned of possible long-term disruption, unless a current dispute over an industry-wide pay award is resolved.

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    LESOTHO: JULY 3, 1984 (CHILTON):
    1. TRACKING SHOT & GVs Black men queueing to be taken on as miners at Mine Labour Organisations office (3 shots) 0.20
    2. SVs Worker giving fingerprints as he is signed on (2 shots) 0.32
    3. CU PULL BACK TO SV Waiting candidates 0.36
    UNKNOWN LOCATION, SOUTH AFRICA: RECENT: (SABC):
    4. TRAVELLING SHOT Miners cage down mine shaft 0.43
    5. SV & GV Black workers in pit base and walking underground (2 shots) 0.56
    FILE: (CHAMBER OF MINES):
    6. CU Black workers drilling at face 1.05
    7. SV White miner prepares blasting charge 1.17
    8. SV Liquid gold being poured into mould 1.23
    9. SV Ingot bars being cooled by black worker 1.27
    10. GV EXTERIOR Security van leaves works 1.36
    PORT ELIZABETH: APRIL, 1983: (BREYTENBACH):
    11. SV PULL BACK TO GV Crowd of chanting black union members 1.49
    JULY 3, 1984: (CHILTON):
    12. SV INTERIOR Black union leader Cyril Ramaphosa speaks (SOT) 1.58
    APRIL, 1983: (BREYTENBACH):
    13. GV Black union members chant and dance (2 shots) 2.13
    JULY 3, 1984 (CHILTON):
    14. SV Ramaphosa at his desk 2.19
    15. SV Black worker reads "Sowetan" newspaper with "Miners strike" headline 2.24
    16. SV Ramaphosa speaks (SOT) 2.33
    SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCES 12 AND 16):
    RAMAPHOSA: "I can understand it if a shop owner says he can't afford to pay 25 per cent more, but, the chairman of mines can. There is no mine which made a loss last year. All we're asking for is for the bosses to share those profits that they made from us."
    RAMAPHOSA: (16): "Our ultimate aim is to transform the country, and the laws that rule this country."
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    Background: LESOTHO/PORT ELIZABETH AND VARIOUS, SOUTH AFRICA

    South Africa's mining union has warned of possible long-term disruption, unless a current dispute over an industry-wide pay award is resolved. Although about 2,000 striking black miners were reported on July 3, to have ended a one- day stoppage at two mines owned by the Anglo-American Corporation, the General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Cyril Ramaphosa, said there might be a nationwide walk-out when a one-month conciliation period ends later this month. The one-day strike took place when the Chamber of Mines, which groups South Africa's major mine owners, decided to award pay rises of between 13 and 14 per cent, ignoring NUM demands for a 25 per cent increase. The NUM claims to represent about 70,000 of the country's half million black miners. Some 51 per cent of black coal and gold miners are recruited from South Africa's neighbouring states -- Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Malawi. They live in large single-sex hostels, as by law, only three per cent of them are allowed to live with their families. Although conditions are said to have improved of late in the mines, whites still earn six times more than blacks. The NUM in South Africa, was formed two years ago, and is said to be the fastest growing union in the land. The NUM leader, a former political detainee, says mine owners' huge profits should help provide a living wage for black workers. He said that unless the dispute is settled by a government-appointed conciliation board within 30 days, the NUM would call the first legal black workers strike in the country's history. Mining plays a primary role in the South African economy, with gold exports alone accounting for about half the country's foreign earnings. According to Mr Ramaphosa, radical change is needed, although trade unions are forbidden by law to press political claims, the Num leader hopes his men can win a fairer deal from employers, and the state.

    Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON/LOUIS BREYTENBACH/SABC/SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMBER OF MINES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAPED01G6M1R5JLPVO56270JZ3
    Media URN:
    VLVAPED01G6M1R5JLPVO56270JZ3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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