Unrest hits second South African mine


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Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters near a mine run by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) yesterday, the first sign of unrest spreading after strikers at Lonmin, another multinational, won big pay rises.

Within hours of Lonmin agreeing to a pay increase of 11 to 22 per cent at its Marikana mine near Johannesburg, there was unrest at an Amplats mine outside Rustenburg.

Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse an "illegal gathering".

A labour activist said workers who have stayed off the job at Amplats were inspired by the resolution at Lonmin.