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  1. Strike halts production at main Albanian chrome mine

    A pay strike by 700 miners at the Bulqiza chrome mine, the country’s largest, has shut down all production for the past two weeks. Industrial action began at the mine, owned by Austria’s DCM DECOmetal, on July 4. The miners have been protesting in front of government offices in the capital, Tirana, this week.

    According to Reuters, mine director Medat Zogu said DCM DECOmetal’s section of the Bulqiza chrome basin had open reserves of 400,000 tonnes and it mined 70,000 tonnes a year. The mining corporation said July 19 that it would raise wages provided miners first halted their strike.

    “We are going to be generous about the compensation of workers, but these strikes, threats and ultimatums have to stop,” George Bedineishvili, DCM DECOmetal’s country manager, told reporters.

    The firm agreed to a 10 percent raise last week, half the figure that the miners are demanding.



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