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Syrah’s Balama back on track

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The Balama open pit at Syrah Resources’ graphite mine in Mozambique. Image credit: Syrah Resources

Syrah’s Balama back on track

Syrah Resources has restarted operations at its Balama graphite operation in Mozambique, with production and logistics movements recommencing shortly.

The company halted operation in September following a strike. According to Syrah, the strike was organised by a small group of employees which interrupted company operations and led to Syrah moving its workforce from the site.

The company subsequently consulted with the relevant Mozambique Government authorities and concluded that the employee strike was instigated by a small group outside of a Company Level Agreement (CLA) negotiation process.

Syrah halted its Balama operations and moved its workforce from the site, though the company stressed that the actions of the small group of employees were not deemed representative of the majority of the Balama workforce.

Syrah said in a press release yesterday that authorities had endorsed the CLA renewal process with the Internal Union Committee as the “correct process” for matters regarding Balama employment conditions.

Further, Syrah said the Mozambique Government ensured that illegal industrial action was not permitted to interrupt Balama operations.

Syrah said it was focused on preserving its “strong relationship” with employees, making a positive impact in its communities, and working constructively with the Union and the Mozambique government.

This is not the first time operations at Balama have had to be put on hold.

In June, Syrah suspended movement in one of its transport routes from its Balama project in Mozambique after reports of insurgent attacks occurring nearby.

The move was made as a safety precaution, with one of the conflicts occurring at a mine project site.

Syrah’s Balama back on track

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