1000 is today's daily digit - the number of workers sacked by Glencore Xstrata for staging an illegal strike at three chrome mines. There have been many strikes at South African mines in recent months. The sackings - and a new shooting at a Lonmin mine which left a union shop steward dead - will add to long-running friction in the mining industry. It's caused production to slow, raised concerns about Africa's largest economy and sent the rand to fresh four-year lows.moreless
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