MUN goes soft on Skorpion demands
Skorpion Zinc, the zinc miner located in the Karas Region near Rosh Pinah, this week announced it has concluded successfully the latest round of wage negotiations with the Skorpion Zinc BEC, the local chapter of the Mine Workers Union.
“The 2016 wage negotiations have taken place at a time when the sustained lower commodity prices and higher cost of production have significantly eroded the profitability of our business. This is also on the back of a challenging financial year where production and profitability was negatively impacted by the extended refinery shutdown, industrial action and several operational challenges across our business in 2015. Despite these challenges, management remains committed to maintaining a stable, positive and committed workforce. With the conclusion of this agreement, I would like to implore all our employees to re-dedicate themselves to making Skorpion great. We will continue driving a culture of excellence, accountability and performance. ” stated Irvinne Simataa, the General Manager of Skorpion Zinc after conclusion of the wage deal.
“The successful and peaceful conclusion to the wage negotiations is a clear indication of the entrenched and mutual commitment to a sustainable future for Skorpion Zinc and with a view to benefit all stakeholders” said the mine’s Human Resources manager. Steven Vries. Neither the mine, nor the union divulged the detail of the wage agreement.