Canadian company and union agree to reopen mine in northern Mexico

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Mexico City, Jul 6 (EFE) .- The Mexican subsidiary of the Canadian Americas Gold and Silver reached an agreement with the union to reopen a mine dedicated to the extraction of zinc, lead and silver in Sinaloa (north), after 17 months closed due to a conflict between the workers and the company, confirmed this Tuesday the Government, which mediated in the negotiations.

As part of the conflict, the facilities were taken over in January 2020 by a group of workers linked to the mining union.

In a statement, the Ministry of the Interior (Interior) reported that after months of negotiation, the Canadian company Triturados Mineros del Noroeste, a subsidiary of Americas Gold and Silver, and the National Union of Mining, Metallurgical, Steel and Similar Workers of the Mexican Republic agreed the reopening of the mine that generates 324 direct jobs.

The Mexican Government pointed out that through the Ministries of the Interior, Economy, and Labor and Social Welfare, several negotiation tables were held, in which through dialogue “the parties reached an agreement that solves the (labor) conflict. who had kept the mine closed. “

The note indicated that as part of the agreements, a safety and hygiene inspection will be carried out in the near future by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare.

This is for the mine to restart operations in accordance with safety protocols, in order to protect the integrity of the workers. In addition, it was pointed out that the reactivation of operations will benefit the region’s staff, families, business, and economy.

In mid-March, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador accused two Canadian mining companies of operating in the country illegally and warned to withdraw their concessions if they did not correct their operation.

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“Hopefully the Government of Canada will help us, otherwise we will act legally,” said the president.

Specifically, the president pointed to the Cosalá mine, operated by Canada’s Americas Gold And Silver, where the workers chose a union “but as the company does not like it, it does not want to start activities,” according to the president.

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