S. Africa chrome producers shedding jobs in dire market

Nov 06, 2012 | 12:39 PM |

Tags  chrome, ferrochrome, Xstrata Alloys, International Ferro Metals, IFM, Hernic Ferrochrome, JIC Mining, strike National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — South African chrome companies were hit by job cuts last week at Xstrata Alloys and JIC Mining Services Ltd.

Rustenberg, South Africa-based Xstrata Alloys on Nov. 2 said it dismissed 400 workers who were on an illegal strike at its Rustenburg Mine.

Earlier the same day, the trade union Solidarity said that Randjespark, South Africa-based chrome mine contractor JIC Mining Services Ltd. was planning to lay off more than 800 employees working at the South African operations of Hernic Ferrochrome Pty. Ltd. and International Ferro Metals Ltd. (IFM). The workers at Brits, South Africa-based Hernic would be furloughed by the end of November, with those at IFM, near Marikana, to come when their contract comes to an....

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