UPDATE 1-Most workers back at Guinea's SMB bauxite mine after strike
CONAKRY, May 16 (Reuters) - Operations at Societe Miniere de
Boke's bauxite mine in Guinea have restarted following a nearly
two-week strike that caused a halt in production of the
aluminium ore, the company's managing director said on
The company - owned by Guinea, China's Winning Shipping Ltd,
Shandong Weiqiao and UMS International Ltd - said on
Monday it had already lost between 1 million to 1.2 million
tonnes of scheduled bauxite production because of the strike.
Losses due to the strike had been running to $1 million a
"The overwhelming majority of workers went back to work this
morning even if there are a few scattered blockages without any
impact on shipments," Frederic Bouzigues told Reuters in a text
Guinea's volatile western town of Boke frequently suffers
strikes and protests from a local population that feels largely
excluded from its vast mineral wealth, including both mining
employees and those who failed to find work in its mines.
The poor West African nation contains one of the world's
richest iron ore and bauxite deposits and has proven reserves of
gold and diamonds, but despite decades of mining, it has stayed
near the bottom of the U.N. Human Development Index.
(Reporting by Saliou Samb; writing by Joe Bavier; editing by
John Stonestreet and Louise Heavens)
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