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State diamond company guarantees that it will “strictly” comply with court decisions on workers

Endiama will strictly comply with court decisions resulting from the dispute between the state diamond company and a group of former workers, said the company's president.


José Ganga Júnior, who was speaking this Monday at a press conference to present the achievements of 2021 and projections for 2022, also addressed the labor dispute and the advances that have been made in this matter.

"The old agreements were made with a view to compensation and retirement, Endiama supported the contributions to the National Institute of Social Security alone, for everyone to have the right to pensions and there is this process of integrating them", he added.

Among the group of former workers, who were linked to several mining projects that were interrupted due to the economic crisis, and became unemployed, "the tendency is to reduce this workforce", he continued, having concluded the process in relation to those who are of reform.

As for those who are still in an active life phase, "they tend to be directed towards new mining projects that need manpower", said the president of Endiama.

"It is our priority to turn to them first, to get them out of unemployment," he added.

For more than ten years, the Angolan state diamond company has had a dispute with former workers, some of whom have gone to court to claim their rights.

"The courts are there to see if we are right or not and what is decided Endiama will strictly comply with", guaranteed José Ganga Júnior.

The dispute has been going on since 2008 and although an out-of-court settlement was reached in 2013, differences of interpretation remain.

On December 19, 2019, the parties accepted mediation from the General Labor Inspectorate and the ministries of Public Administration, Employment and Social Security and Mineral and Petroleum Resources, but in March 2020, negotiations reached an impasse, having been recommended recourse to judicial proceedings.

At issue are salaries that former workers claim from former employers, while Endiama alleges that the former workers "did not have and do not have any legal-labor relationship" and that the fact that the workers signed the extrajudicial agreement, which presupposed compensation, put an end to the dispute.


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