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Xstrata workers strike at three mines

The trouble started when an employee claimed he was assaulted by a supervisor.

Thousands of miners have downed tools at Glencore Xstrata in Limpopo. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Three Limpopo chrome mines have been affected by wildcat strikes, Glencore Xstrata confirmed on Thursday.

Around 1,500 miners affiliated to Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Tuesday downed tools after an employee claimed he was assaulted by a supervisor.

Some 200 employees have been dismissed.

Xstrata spokesperson Christopher Tsatsawane said, "Since the allegation has been made, proper procedures have been followed. Unfortunately, before the grievance procedure could be concluded, employees decided to embark on an illegal strike."

This comes just hours after President Jacob Zuma called for stability in the sector.

The mining industry has been rocked by illegal strikes in recent months.

Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan have called for stability in the sector to prevent job losses.