SMM5: workers at the company's Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo ended a one-day strike on Sunday after China Molybdenum agreed to compensate workers for two months of isolated work. The number of strikes is not known. The company said that production has not been affected so far.
According to a video, about 30 workers in full protective gear and masks sang together in the mine on the day of the strike.
China's molybdenum industry has isolated the TFM copper-cobalt mine since March 24 to protect the area from coronavirus infection. Key personnel are required to stay at the scene and are prohibited from contact with the outside world.
According to a document, TFM employees asked the company to pay an extra $100 a day as compensation (isolation allowance).
TFM management said it agreed to pay a "isolation allowance" to workers, with the first $300 to be paid on Monday and will rotate workers from Wednesday so that workers who have worked for nearly two months can go home to visit their families.
TenkeFungurume mining area, located in Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of the largest and highest-grade copper and cobalt minerals in the world, and it is also the largest foreign investment project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
117956 tons of copper and 16098 tons of cobalt were produced in 2019.
In 2020, the mine is expected to produce 163000 to 200000 tons of copper and 14000 to 17000 tons of cobalt.
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