Glencore Xstrata: Dismissal of Miners, South Africa

In June 2013, Glencore dismissed 1,000 workers across three mines near Steelpoort, South Africa, following a strike that involved up to 1,500 workers. Protests stemmed from a dispute involving an employee who was allegedly assaulted by his superior.

Since a lot of dismissed workers are often re-employed after labour negotiations, the dismissals are assessed as a strategy of the company to have a better stand in the negotiations.[1]

[1] Reuters (2013): Glencore fires 1,000 workers over wildcat strikes in S. Africa, 3 June, accessed 3.9.2013

Case location
Steelpoort, South Africa
South Africa


Affected topics
  • Human and Labour Rights
Affected norms and standards
Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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