JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Full production at ASX- and TSX-listed Paladin Energy’s Kayelekera uranium mine in Malawi eluded the company’s grasp as workers continued to strike, it said on Thursday.
Paladin said the Local Staff Association (LSA) had asked for additional time to consult employees based in Karonga town, some 53 km from the mine.
The LSA asked to meet management on Thursday morning to facilitate a full return to work, to which Paladin had agreed.
“Employees have indicated a strong willingness to return to work. Some nightshift staff reported for duty last night,” the company said in the statement.
Paladin said it remained confident of an early return to full production.
Workers at the Kayelekera operation downed tools at the end of last week after the company refused their demand of a 66% wage increase. This was after the Malawian government delinked its currency from the US dollar, devaluing it by around 50%.