Seven hundred employees at African Mining and Exploration in Shamva have gone on industrial action owing to four months of non-payment amid claims that the mine continues to produce on average 17 kilogrammes of gold weekly.
Employees at the rich gold mine of which is a subsidiary of Afmine Group went on strike ten days ago after non fulfillment of their agreement with management over salary arrears for four months.
The stand-off has seen workers converging at the mine’s offices in Shamva to register their displeasure at the conditions of service while management enjoys lavish lifestyles.
In a bid bring sanity at the mine, Shamva South legislator Cde Joseph Mapiki intervened but failed to bring smiles on the faces of miners.
“There is a big problem here as last week an agreement was reached but the company has failed to honour that agreement hence the decision by workers. Poor working conditions have been cited as management is concerned more about their welfare,” said Mapiki.
Officials at the mine referred questions to the general manager One Simbanegavi who could not answer his phone or even responding to questions sent on his mobile number.