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African workers «Hillside» continue strike aluminum plant

In South Africa, one of the aluminum smelters owned by the concern «BHP Billiton», workers continue to protest, by which the union is trying to get a pay increase to workers and the introduction of certain medical benefits to employees.

According to foreign sources, in the «aluminum» strike involves about 600 workers, 400 of whom are willing to accept the offer leadership (management «BHP Billiton» promised to raise wages by 7.5%). However, at the request of one of the leading activists — Mbuzo Ngubane, workers will continue the action until the company management does not satisfy all the requirements of the strikers. Recall that the employees «Hillside» count on a 12% increase in pay and half pay by the employer health insurance for employees of the plant.

«The talks with the managers of the company trade union participants were still in April 2010» — said journalists Mbuzo Ngubane, a representative of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa. «But management» BHP Billiton «did not respond adequately to requests from workers, in connection with which it was decided to start protests» — he added.

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«BHP Billiton» — one of the largest international mining companies, the parent whose headquarters is located in Melbourne (Australia). In addition to South Africa, the production capacity of the enterprise are located in 25 countries, including USA, Canada, Pakistan, Colombia, Chile, Mozambique and other countries. In the «pre-crisis» in 2008 net profit of more than $ 15 billion.

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