SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): B2Gold announced that the operations at its Fekola mine in Mali continues to remain unaffected, despite ongoing nationwide strike action by labour unions in that country. The mine has been forced to reduce staff, but the operations have not been impacted so far.
According to B2Gold, the company continues mining and milling operations at the mine, though with lower staffing. Some workers were on strike and production continues at a reduced level. It must be noted that B2Gold expects 530,000-560,000 ounces of gold production from Fekola mine in 2021. Until now, the company has not provided any update on its production guidance.
Also, the other two mines in the country, owned by Resolute Mining and Barrick Gold Corp, too announced that production was unaffected despite strike action by some workers.
Mali’s main union- the National Union of Malian Workers (UNTM) had declared a five-day strike on Monday in support of better pay. The strike action followed government’s rejection of union’s demand, citing that the budget cannot afford to meet the salary demands of the union. Incidentally, UNTM represents 80% of unionised workers in the country, including miners, teachers and health workers.