UPDATE 1-Strike ends at Namibia's Skorpion Zinc mine

Fri May 30, 2008 3:50am EDT

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WINDHOEK May 30 (Reuters) - A 19-day strike at Africa's biggest zinc mine, Skorpion Zinc in Namibia, has ended after unions and management reached a wage deal, the company said on Friday.

Mine spokesman Usi Hoebeb said the strike ended on Thursday after intervention from Namibia's labour ministry. Workers accepted a 12 percent wage increase, overtime and travel costs.

The Mineworkers Union of Namibia also supported an application to the labour ministry for continuous operations to be put in place at the mine.

Output was marginally affected and less than a day's production was lost. Skorpion, owned by mining giant Anglo American (AAL.L), produces 12,500 tonnes of zinc per month.

(Reporting by John Grobler; editing by Christopher Johnson)

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