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Labour conflicts deepen at Glencore Xstrata subsidiary

2014.03.25Workers at a Glencore copper mining company in Southern Peru have walked off the job in protest at labour rights’ abuses.

Continued strike at Glencore’s Koornfontein mine

2014.12.05800 workers at the Koornfontein mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa, have been on strike since 17 October, protesting against substandard severance payments.

Glencore, the commodities giant with no soul

2018.11.05After surviving a near-death experience in 2015, Glencore stocks are riding high on world markets: the company has just posted its best ever results. One reason is its dominance of supplies of cobalt, an essential mineral used in batteries for smart phones and electric cars. Cobalt prices are soaring, and Glencore controls supply through massive operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Sanction of the Xstrata Glencore merger challenged

2012.11.15The proposed merger between giants Glencore and Xstrata goes to a shareholder vote on 20 November, as processes continue assessing the monopolistic concerns the merger brings.

Unions oppose Xstrata - Glencore merger

2012.07.04IndustriALL Global Union joins the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) in Australia, the United Steelworkers (USW) in Canada and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in South Africa and takes the position against the planned merger of Xstrata and Glencore.

Glencore day of action

2014.12.09Mining giant Glencore claims to respect collective bargaining and the right of employees to freely choose a union. But Glencore’s practice is way different to its rhetoric. In response to the company's disrepect for workers' rights, unions are holding a day of action on 10 December. 

Glencore to close Optimum Coal Mine in South Africa

2015.01.29Mining giant Glencore has announced that they are to close the Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga. Around 1,500 employees and contractors would be affected by the decision.

Optimum Coal closure: a worker’s story

2015.05.06Bridget Mahlangu joined Glencore Optimum Coal as a learner plant operator ten years ago. She was fresh from high school, with no experience in mining but only a matric certificate. She was trained as plant operator, responsible for processing and washing coal.

Colombian unionists in London to challenge mining multinationals

2015.05.04Colombian trade union leaders travelled to London to tell the story of human rights violations against mineworkers, indigenous people, communities, and the environmental degradation caused by mining multinationals BHP Billiton, Glencore and Anglo American. 

Switzerland under pressure from unions worldwide over Glencore

2015.07.07IndustriALL Global Union affiliates across four continents targeted Switzerland last week to pressure the country into holding mining giant Glencore responsible for worker violations abroad. 

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