JOHANNESBURG: Several hundred miners have ended a strike that started earlier this week and dragged down operations at Petra Diamonds mines in South Africa, a union spokesman said today.
The sit-in strike over working conditions and wages started on Oct. 2 and was one of several work stoppages in the past several weeks that have rattled the mining sector in Africa’s largest economy.
Lesiba Seshoka, spokesman for the powerful National Union of Mineworkers, told Reuters there was no deal, adding that the miners ‘just agreed to return to work’.
The workforce of about 600 returned to their posts late yesterday.
Petra, which has interests in seven operating mines in South Africa and one in Tanzania, expects to produce 2.85 million carats in fiscal 2013.