Talks to end a strike over pay that has crippled production at the world’s largest platinum mines in South Africa will resume next week after violent protests left one person dead and another seriously injured.
The world’s largest platinum producers are reviewing a wage proposal from the South African union that has been on strike since Jan. 23, causing a stoppage costing the companies $18 million a day in lost sales.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, which represents about 20 percent of South African gold-mining employees, said producers including AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. face strike notices over pay demands.
Nigeria’s two main oil unions deferred plans to start an indefinite national strike on Jan. 1 until they meet with government officials to discuss proposals to privatize the nation’s four state-owned oil refineries.
Royal Mail Group Ltd. workers voted for strike action less than a week after the U.K. postal service’s 1.7 billion pound ($2.72 billion) initial public offering, which unions say will put jobs at risk.