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Sintracarbón celebrates bargaining victory at Cerrejón mine

21 March, 2016After 62 days of difficult negotiations, the Colombian coal workers’ union Sintracarbón has reached an agreement at Cerrejón that recognizes the contribution made day in and day out by the 13,000 workers employed at the mine.

Canadian Steelworkers enter ninth month of strike at Glencore refinery

19 October, 2017371 members of the United Steelworkers – Syndicat des Métallos are entering their ninth month of strike action at the Glencore-managed CEZinc refinery in Quebec, Canada.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Union organizes artisanal cobalt miners

27 February, 2018When local communities in Kasulu and Chipuki, Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) discovered cobalt in their backyards a few years ago, they started digging for the precious mineral. Then Chinese companies moved in and bought the concession.

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.

NUM marches against Glencore

25 February, 2015When Glencore took over the Xstrata and Optimum operations in South Africa, the company committed to not retrench workers. IndustriALL affiliate the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in South Africa is outraged that Glencore now has announced the closure of the Optimum colliery in Mpumalanga.

Glencore-Prodeco ordered to pay 60,023 million pesos for changing mining contract

19 May, 2015Glencore-Prodeco, the former Colombian minister of mines and energy, Hernán Martínez and two Ingeominas officials were ordered to pay 60.023 million pesos for changing a large-scale mining project contract which resulted in lower royalties being paid to the Colombian government.

Glencore and Xstrata epitomize the resource curse: Unions oppose their merger

4 July, 2012Trade unions representing Xstrata’s and Glencore’s unionized workforces across the world have voiced their opposition to the proposed merger of the two companies and especially the extreme retention bonuses being paid to Xstrata management.

Carbones de la Jagua and Fenoco suspend employment contracts

15 August, 2012Sintramienergetica is calling on the Colombian government to stop abuses by union-busting multinationals like Glencore, Drummond and Vale. After nearly one month on strike in defence of the terms of their collective agreement, directly and indirectly employed workers at Carbones de la Jagua and Fenoco have been sacked.

Dangerous Xstrata-Glencore merger close to reality

13 September, 2012Six months after the mining giant Xstrata and the commodities trading giant Glencore first announced their merger, the US$36 billion deal now seems close. A new and final offer has an approval deadline of 24 September.

IndustriALL targets Glencore for anti-union behaviour

20 November, 2014In a significant moment for IndustriALL’s mining sector, a Glencore global network has been launched in Sao Paulo this week. The new global network committed to a mobilization programme.