Copper mine workers go on strike in northern Mauritania

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Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Workers at Mauritania’s copper mine in the northern part of the country went Wednesday on strike to press their demands for better living and working conditions, including a 10 percent increase in wages.

“This strike is primarily driven by four claims including urging the company to partially pay tax on salaries and wages, increase in wages, bonuses for major religious holidays and leave,” said Abdallahi Ould Mohamed, Secretary General of the General Confederation of Mauritanian Workers (CGTM).

The official explained that these issues were covered in a preliminary agreement that should have been implemented by the end of August 2014, but the company backed out before implementing its commitment.

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