A strike at Namibia'sbiggest zinc mine entered into its sixth day on Thursday, as talks betweenSkorpion Zinc and a workers' union continued, but union officials said theywere not yet close to resolving a pay dispute.
The strike continues.The negotiations continue. Nothing has changed yet, Skorpion Zincspokesman Usi Hoebeb told Reuters in Windhoek, where the mine's management hasbeen briefing the government on the strike.
Hoeheb declined to commenton output losses resulting from the the strike, which has halted production.
Skorpion Zinc, thecountry's largest zinc producer, generates around 12,500 tonnes of the metalper month.
The mine, owned by mininggiant Anglo American, produces special high-grade zinc largely for Asian,European and North American markets. About 10 percent of its production isexported to South Africa.
The parties are stillnegotiating but not yet close to a solution, said Joseph Hengari, generalsecretary of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia.
Mineworkers have been onstrike since Saturday. Workers earlier this week voted for a strike afterturning down an offer of a 10 percent wage increase. The Mineworkers Union ofNamibia, the largest union in the country, is demanding a 14 percent increase.
The mine is the largest ofits kind in Namibia and accounts for 25 percent of thecountry's total power consumption. (Reporting by John Grobler; Editing by BenTan)
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