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Issue No. 2412

Numsa strikers in South Africa

Numsa strikers in South Africa (Pic: Numsa)

Union mocks the bosses in South Africa

The South African metal workers’ union Numsa is maintaining a strike by 200,000 of its members. 

It has rejected a pay offer of 10 percent, still below the union’s demand of 12 percent. 

The union has issued a statement ridiculing attacks from the bosses. “Workers are not stupid, nor do they enjoying losing their hard earned miserable wages,” it said. 

It added that workers didn’t “love to be on strike” or “desire to destroy the South African economy.”

US intervenes after Afghan election

US secretary of state John Kerry waded into Afghanistan’s presidential election crisis to broker an agreement. 

He intervened in the political crisis after Abdullah Abdullah, who lost in the preliminary, accused the process of being fraudulent.

His main contender and disputed winner is former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

The agreement ensures the losing candidate a post in whatever government is formed.

New threat despite stalemate in Ukraine

Russia has threatened Ukraine with “irreversible consequences”.

The threat comes after a man was killed on the Russian side of the border by a shell alleged to have been fired by the Ukrainian military.

In response, Ukraine accused Russian troops of fighting alongside seperatists in the east. 

There have been cross border shootings in the past.

Russia wants a weakend Ukraine that isn’t allied to the West. 

Despite periodic signs of escalation, neither side has been able to decisively shift the situation in its favour.


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Tue 15 Jul 2014, 17:15 BST
Issue No. 2412
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