Anglo American suffers losses of $126 million on wild cat strikes

The world's largest platinum producer has announced losses to revenue of $126 million as result of protracted labor disputes in South Africa.

AFP reports that Anglo American (LSE:AAL) reported the losses on Friday, as well as declared force majeure for its chrome deliveries due to the month-long strike involving thousands of its workers.

In an official statement Anglo American said the strikes "will adversely the company's delivery obligations regarding the supply of chrome ore and as a result force majeure notices have been issued to its chrome customers."

The wildcat strikes which are now in their fourth week have caused production losses of 67,000 ounces at the company's immense Rustenburg mine, which is responsible for a quarter of global platinum output. The production loss translates into around $126 million in revenue.

The illegal strikes are part of a wave of labor strife in South Africa which have caused severe headaches for both the incumbent government as well as the country's mining sector.

28,000 of the company's workers at Anglo America have taken part in the strikes, with the company firing 12,000 workers last week.

Standard's and Poor's also announced the downgrading of South Africa's sovereign debt rating on Friday from BBB+ to BBB on account of country's unquelled labor unrest.