RusAl Says Last Striking Mine Reopened

United Company RusAl said Monday that it had resumed work at the last of the five pits at its bauxite mining operations in the Sverdlovsk region that were affected by a strike.

Mining restarted Saturday at the Little Red Riding Hood pit, where the strike began March 28. The North Ural Bauxite mining complex in Severouralsk is now operating normally, RusAl said in a statement.

RusAl reopened four pits of the mine last week after shutting them for 18 days. The five pits produce 3.4 million tons per year of bauxite, which is refined into alumina, the raw material used by aluminum smelters.

The Russian Independent Miners' Union approved amendments to a labor agreement Saturday, including a 50 percent pay raise, Kommersant reported. More than 3,500 workers attended the meeting, or half of North Ural's staff, and RusAl must review the amendments within three days, the newspaper said.

RusAl said 800 workers took part in the meeting. A company spokeswoman said it "has no intention" of agreeing with the decisions made by the union members, the newspaper reported