A stalemate in pay talks has been reached by the country’s main mining labor union and mining companies for 2014, according to Bloomberg News.

The dispute between the Chamber of Mines, which represents companies, and the Associated Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe, has been referred to the government’s National Employment Council, which will meet on 15 January to probably refer the matter to an arbitrator.

The union said in its submission, "The union believes that it’s fair and just for each sub-sector to remunerate its employees at rates that are proportional to its performance."

The union is demanding a minimum of $800 a month for diamond-mine workers, $700 for platinum mines and $573 for gold and other mineworkers, while an inflation-linked adjustment is being demanded by the Chamber.