Union, Skorpion Seal Deal

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By Desie Heita

Windhoek

If the protracted negotiations between Skorpion Zinc and the Mineworkers’ Union of Namibia were the Beijing Olympics, there would have been no winners, so say the union and the mine management.

The two parties signed an agreement, finally, yesterday afternoon with the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Immanuel Ngatjizeko and the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Bernhard Esau, as witnesses.

The President of Mineworkers’ Union of Namibia (MUN), Andries Eiseb, and the General Manager of Skorpion Zinc, Gerald Boting, described the agreement as “a win-win situation”.

“In negotiations like this, there are no winners or losers,” said Boting.

It was the two-day mediation of Ngatjizeko, and the presence of Labour Commissioner, Bro Mathew Shingwandja, who acted as the facilitator, that led to the signing of a wage agreement at Skorpion Zinc Mine.

The agreement is a 12 percent increase in wages and salaries, N$1?

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