Windhoek, Namibia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 30 May 2008 – A 19-day strike at Africa’s biggest zinc mine – Skorpion Zinc in Namibia – has ended after unions and management reached a new wage agreement.
Reuters reports that mine spokesman Usi Hoebeb announced that the strike had been ended yesterday after intervention from Namibia’s Labour Ministry. Workers accepted a package involving a 12% wage increase, overtime and travel costs. The Mineworkers Union of Namibia also supported an application to the Labour Ministry for continuous operations to be put in place at the mine.
Output was marginally affected by the strike, according to Reuters, and less than a day’s production was lost.
Skorpion Zinc is the 8th largest zinc mine in the world, producing 12 500 tonnes of special high grade (SHG) zinc per month. It is owned and operated by Anglo American as part of the Anglo Base Metals Division, and is located in southwest Namibia, near the town of Rosh Pinah.