Workers at a China National Nuclear Corporation uranium mine (Sino-U) in northern Niger have begun an indefinite strike, a union official says.
On Thursday, Boubacar Mamane, a spokesman for the Syntramines labor union, said that the 680 workers at the SOMINA site demand better life and working conditions, Reuters reported.
"We're starting an unlimited strike because our demands have not been satisfied. For the workers, labour laws and norms must be respected, that's all," Mamane stated.
One of the workers accused Sino-U of "paying no respect" to the environment and the health of its workers, whom he said "are exposed to radioactivity."
On Tuesday, 680 workers at Sino-U went on a 72-hour strike to demand better wages and bonus payments.
Sino-U and its partners have a majority stake in the 700 ton-per-year SOMINA mine, whose production kicked off in 2011 and is expected to increase its output to 2,500 tons annually in 2015.
In 2007, SOMINA was established 160 kilometers southwest of Arlit and 150 kilometers northwest of Agadez, in the Agadez region of northern Niger.
Niger is the top supplier of uranium to the nuclear power industry of France.