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Sintracarbón reaches critical step at Cerrejón

25 February, 2020IndustriALL affiliate Sintracarbón and mining company Cerrejón have agreed to extend the collective bargaining period until 6 March. If no agreement is reached by then, the union will vote whether to go on strike.

Union to negotiate with Glencore over retrenchments at South African smelter

30 January, 2020IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), will meet commodity trader Glencore in consultative meetings about retrenchments at Rustenburg Smelter. The meetings will be mediated by the Commission of Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Glencore workers call for dispute settlement protocol

18 October, 2019Unions from Glencore operations in Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, USA, Peru, South Africa and Zambia came together to discuss the progress of IndustriALL’s Glencore campaign, launched in 2017. For the first time, Glencore executives attended the global union network meeting in Valledupar, Colombia, on 26 – 27 September.

Calls for sustainable mining after 43 artisanal miners killed in DRC landslide

4 July, 2019The death of 43 artisanal miners at a Glencore-owned Kamoto Copper Company mine in Kolwezi, Lualaba Province, highlights the vulnerable situation of artisanal miners in Sub Saharan Africa.

Argentina – historic march to victory in Glencore mine

1 July, 2019After an historical march in San Salvador de Jujuy, over 600 workers from Glencore’s El Aguilar mine won improvements in working conditions and an effective safety plan to prevent new accidents in the workplace.

3,000 jobs lost expose precarious working conditions in Zambia’s copper mines

16 May, 2019Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mine announced that it will close two shafts and retrench 600 permanent workers and a further 1,500 from contracted companies, and Zambian unions are angry.

Glencore African union network opens dialogue with company

21 February, 2019At a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on 7-8 February, around 20 union representatives from three African countries met Glencore’s global and country human resources managers to begin discussions on employment-related issues.

Zambia: Three mineworkers die in underground fire

12 February, 2019Three mineworkers died on 8 February when a loader caught fire underground at Mopani Copper Mine’s Mindola North Shaft in Kitwe, Zambia. Another worker, who survived the fire, is being treated for burns.

Congo mining unions unite at Glencore

15 November, 2018Building a membership base through recruiting and organizing is a key strategy for strengthening union power at Glencore in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Case study: Glencore in Colombia

2 August, 2018Colombia is another of the resource-rich, conflict-ridden countries favoured by Glencore. The company is well known in the country for its violations of the environment and workers rights, including health and safety and the freedom of association.