One of Sierra Leone’s leading miners have agreed to pay some 51 dismissed workers bringing to an end long-standing impasse.

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Octea diamond mining company, the largest diamond miner in the country, which is based in the diamond-rich Kono district, reached the agreement after negotiations involving the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, sources said Friday.

The men were sacked after a series of protest actions sparked by grievances against the company’s working conditions and pay last year. Some of the clashes have led to bloodletting.

Octea is owned by an Israeli investor. It is currently in court over unpaid royalties to the Koidu City Council