Three Glencore Xstrata Plc chrome mines in South Africa are
conducting "minimal" operations as a strike that is now in its
third week continues to adversely affect output, a company
Smelter operations are
not under threat, however, since company stockpiles remain
sufficient, he said.
"I wont divulge
how many days worth of ore we have at the moment, but we
have sufficient stockpiles," the spokesman told AMM
sister publication Metal Bulletin. "Nothing has
changed insofar as the strike continues to affect the three
mines, with much the same amount of workers striking."
"The three mines are
now operating at minimum scale," he added.
dismissed 1,000 workers on June 2 for participating in an
unauthorized strike at its Helena, Magareng and Thorncliffe
The strike started on
May 28 when workers downed their tools after a member of the
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union was allegedly
assaulted by a shift supervisor at the Helena mine.
treasurer Jimmy Gama previously said workers will not return
until the supervisor is dismissed. Xstrata Glencore said the
alleged assault is under investigation.
Thorncliffe produces between 100,000 and 110,000 tonnes per
month of ore, while Helena produces 80,000 tonnes per month and
is ramping up to 100,000 tonnes per month.
A version of this
article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal