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Bauxite Output Not Hit by Guinea CBG Strike - Source
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08:53AM
Mar 11,2010
Source:SMM

CONAKRY, Mar. 11 -- The main union at Guinea's CBG, the world's top bauxite miner, called a strike on Wednesday over work conditions but it was only partially followed and production was unaffected, a company source said.

"The union asked workers to go on strike but it was not followed. The train is functioning normally and the workers are in place. Only a few administrative workers have stayed home," the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"Negotiations will take place in order to find a quick solution," he added.

A CBG worker told Reuters the strike was being supported in some places better than in others.

CBG is a joint venture between Alcoa (AA.N: Quote) and Rio Tinto (RIO.L: Quote) (RIO.AX: Quote) and is expected to produce more than 13 million tonnes of bauxite this year, or 80 percent of Guinea's total output. The West African nation is the world's top supplier of the aluminum ore.


 

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