JOHANNESBURG A strike at Xstrata Alloys South
African ferrochrome smelters that began Nov. 9 has had
little support with no impact on production, the
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)
obtained a certificate for members at the Wonderkop, Rustenburg
and Boschhoek smelters to strike after a wage-related dispute
was declared, Xstrata spokesman Christopher Tsatsawane
explained to AMM sister publication Metal
Some workers have been back at work since (Nov. 12), but
not all, Stephen Nhlapo, sector leader at Numsa, told
Metal Bulletin. Key operators at the smelters
are definitely still out. The company cannot produce without
The mass action at Xstratas chrome mine in Kroondal,
where dismissed workers have gathered, is still continuing. On
Tuesday, police arrested 37 people after roughly 200 barricaded
the road to the mine. Xstrata fired Kroondal miners last week
when they failed to lodge appeals within the prescribed period.
Production and financial losses were negligible at the mine due
to the strike and dismissal of 400 of its 600-strong workforce,
the Rustenburg, South Africa-based company said.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.