STRIKES WORLDWIDE * UK / Brazil / South Africa
* Yorkshire - Leeds bus manufacturers Optare facing union strike action
(Image source by didbygraham - Inside of a Optare bus)
Leeds,West Yorkshire,UK -Bdaily, by Clare Burnett -27 May 2014: -- Optare, the Leeds-based bus and coach manufacturer, say negotiations have broken down, and they have not been able to prevent union led strike action at their Sherburn manufacturing facility... Strike action is set to take place on May 27 with another date planned for June 2... 170 Unite union members, working at Optare’s Sherburn site in Elmet have returned a ‘yes’ vote in favour of strike (81%) according to the organisation... 88% voted in favour of action short of strike over the company’s two week summer shutdown proposals, which will see workers forced to take their annual leave in the middle of August...
* Bahia/Brazil - Bus strike hits Brazil World Cup city
Rio de Janeiro,RJ,Brazil -THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/The Miami Herald -27 May 2014: -- Bus drivers are on strike in the World Cup host city of Salvador, snarling traffic in Brazil's third biggest metropolis... Bahia state transport secretary Fabio Mota says police will escort buses whose drivers are willing to work Tuesday. News reports say some 200 of Salvador's 3,000 buses are expected to operate... The striking drivers' demands include a 12 percent salary hike and reduced working hours... With the World Cup less than three weeks away, Brazil has been rocked by strikes by workers from many sectors and regions... Last month, Salvador saw a strike by military police. The city of around 3 million is hosting six World Cup matches, beginning with Spain versus the Netherlands on June 13...
* South Africa - Empty buses show defiance in S. Africa’s platinum strike
(Photo by Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images: Striking miners march in Marikana, 40 kms from Rustenburg, in the South African platinum belt on May 14, 2014)
Rstenberg,N.W. Province,S.A. -Bloomberg News, by Kevin Crowley -May 23, 2014: -- An empty bus that’s supposed to be taking Lonmin Plc (LMI) employees back to work rolled along the dusty main road in Marikana... The bus, was one of three empty shuttles that a reporters saw on May 16 heading toward Lonmin’s Wonderkop mine, close to where 34 wage protesters were killed by police in 2012... Van Rensburg’s defiance reflects anger and masks fear in the Rustenburg area of the North West province, where as many as 1.6 million people have been affected by the strike at operations owned by Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum Ltd. and Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd... Five people have been murdered this month, including four miners, while thousands of starving families rely on food aid... The workers, who don’t get paid when on strike, have lost a third of their annual wages, meaning it would take at least three years to make back the money lost, even if they get the 12,500 rand ($1,200) they’re demanding. Producers have lost 19 billion rand in revenue, making this South Africa’s longest and costliest mine stoppage...