JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Leaders of striking black miners met mine bosses Monday for talks aimed at defusing violence stemming from the nationwide strike.
Leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers, meeting with Anglo American Corp. officials for the first time in the eight-day strike, asked that police be kept out of mine compounds. The 300,000-member black miners' union also said that mine security officers should be confined to barracks and that charges against arrested strikers be dropped.
About 240 strikers have been injured and 200 arrested during the action against gold and coal mines by the union in a dispute over wages. Four of its leaders, at Anglo American's invitation, conferred for more than three hours Monday with company executives on ways to reduce violence.
No agreement was reached. The talks were adjourned until today.
The meeting came hours after the collapse of a planned strike by another black union against SASOL, the state-run coal, oil and gas company. The Chemical Workers Industrial Union, which had hoped 15,000 members would strike early Monday, abandoned its plans after a clash Sunday between strike supporters and opponents in which at least one worker was killed.