Johannesburg - Swiss mining giant Xstrata said Thursday it has sacked 400 of its workers who have been on an illegal strike for a week at one of its South African mines.
"There are around 400 workers who have been dismissed," spokesperson Christopher Tsatsawane told AFP, as a deadline passed for the workers to return to their posts at Kroondal Chrome mine, northwest of Johannesburg.
The workers, who had downed tools on October 25 over an internal disciplinary system they were unhappy with, have 24 hours to appeal their dismissals.
Thousands of mines workers have been fired and then re-hired during the rash of strikes that started in August across mines in South Africa.
Xstrata is listed on the London and Zurich stock exchanges.