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Optimum Coal closure: a worker’s story

6 May, 2015Bridget 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.

Unions target Switzerland over Glencore

25 June, 2015A group of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from fourteen countries is appealing to Swiss citizens to hold mining multinational Glencore accountable for violations against workers at its operations around the world.

CFMEU fights back against mining giant

13 July, 2017Through widespread industrial action, Australian union CFMEU is pushing back against mining giant Glencore’s increasing use of contract labour and refusal to negotiate fair enterprise agreements at multiple sites across Australia. At rallies around the country earlier this week, union members showed their resolve to fight against Glencore’s attack on working conditions, job security and local communities.

Locked out - Glencore moves to replace Oaky North miners with contractors

24 July, 2017Workers at the Oaky North mine in Australia have been locked out of their workplace by mining giant Glencore, which has taken steps to replace the permanent workforce with casual contractors.

Zambia: Union condemns plans to cut 4,700 jobs at Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines

25 August, 2017IndustriALL affiliate the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) strongly opposes plans by Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) to sacrifice 4,700 jobs, and condemns the company’s use of intimidation and blackmail as a bargaining chip.

Mission accomplished! Canadian Steelworkers stop Glencore attack after nine month strike

28 November, 2017371 members of the United Steelworkers – Syndicat des Métallos in Quebec, Canada, have won a new contract with the Glencore-managed CEZinc refinery after nine months of strike action.

South Africa: Union protests Glencore malpractices

26 April, 2018Hundreds of workers from IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), marched to Glencore's office in Johannesburg on 25 April, protesting against the mining giant’s workers’ and human rights abuses.

Sintracarbón ends collective bargaining dispute with Cerrejón

6 April, 2020IndustriALL Colombian affiliate Sintracarbón has withdrawn its list of demands from Cerrejón, ending the collective bargaining dispute and cancelling the strike approved by union members.

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.