Mali union calls five day mine strike over treatment of workers

BAMAKO Oct 11 Mali mine workers will go on
strike on Oct. 24 for five days, a union official said on
Tuesday, to protest what he described as unfair treatment of
union workers.

Mali is the third biggest gold producer in Africa behind
South Africa and Ghana, and gold overwhelmingly dominates its
mining sector, itself about a quarter of government revenues.

“Trade unionists are persecuted in the mines,” said
Mahamadou Konte, executive committee member of Synacom, the
mines, energy and civil construction union, citing examples of
union members who were being disciplined or fired.

“We represent more than 80 percent of the union space. The
strike will affect all mines,” he said.

The likely impact on production from the country’s nine gold
mines was unclear, but Konte reckoned that the strike would cost
Mali 800 million CFA francs ($1.37 million) per day in…

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