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sabato 14 maggio 2016

MineWeb: Cause dei minatori sudafricani contro le compagnie aurifere per malattie sul lavoro


MineWeb - South Africa gold mines face 500,000-strong suit on diseases 
(...) The action would sue 32 mining companies for damages caused by unsafe working practices, lawyers for the applicants say. 
Silicosis, a lung disease caused by inhaling dust from mines, causes scar tissue in the organs, increasing vulnerability to tuberculosis that can kill more than half of sufferers if not properly treated. 
In a separate case settled in March, Anglo American Plc’s South African unit and AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. agreed to pay about 500 million rand ($33 million) to 4,365 former employees who said they contracted dust-related lung diseases while working for the companies. That amounts to about 115,000 rand per person. 

6-7.000 euro a persona .. 

Under a scenario where 500,000 applicants for the class-action suit won the same amount of compensation, the mining companies would have to pay about 57.5 billion rand, or $3.8 billion. 
The mining companies, which include Anglo American South Africa, AngloGold, Sibanye Gold Ltd., African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., Gold Fields Ltd. and Harmony Gold Mining Co., are studying the judgment and are pursuing an out-of-court settlement, said Alan Fine, a spokesman for the producers. (...) 

Cause legali per malattie sul lavoro in miniera come la silicosi in Sud Africa. Per ora un pajo di compagnie hanno pagato qualcosina, 33 mln di dollari, ma se tutti i mezzo milione di facenti causa dovessero ricevere lo stesso si arriverebbe a quasi 4 mld di dollari che le compagnie aurifere (e non solo) dovrebbero pagare ... 


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