Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa LOCAL mining companies conceded to workers’ demand for a wage increase last week, despite perennial difficulties caused by plummeting mineral prices as well as a raft of taxes that have made the resources sector unviable. According to information obtained by the Financial Gazette’s Companies & Markets (C&M) this week, the workers in the mining sector received a 1,5 percent salary increase backdated to January. Employers had initially proposed a reduction in the minimum wage during negotiations, arguing that they were operating at a loss due to plummeting mineral prices on the global market. But at the end, the workers, represented by the Associated Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe (AMWUZ), were able to…