glencoreMining Weekly reports that mining giant Glencore and Umsimbithi Mining on Thursday laid criminal arson charges following the torching of two trucks and offices at the Wonderfontein coal mine.  

The charges follow an increase in violent torching, stoning and intimidation incidents by striking employees in recent weeks.  Glencore said that Wednesday night’s arson took the petrol bomb incidents to ten since the start of the strike three weeks ago.  Glencore and Umsimbithi are currently engaged in a wage dispute with members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at the coal mine.  Earlier this week, 57 striking workers were reportedly arrested on worker intimidation and property damage charges and later released on bail.

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