World at Work: Mali

By Bloomberg Photos - 2013-11-12T08:21:15Z

Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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Last year, labor strikes rose across the region, with disputes in South Africa's platinum industry quickly spreading to its gold production operations, severely affecting output.

Strike action at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa on Aug. 16, 2012 resulted in the death of 34 mineworkers, shot by police.

Left: A mine worker watches as gold bearing rock moves along a conveyor belt.