Barrick Gold employees demonstrate over firings
A group of employees of the Barrick Gold Corporation protested the firing of some 40 miners on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 outside the gold mine operated by the Canadian company in Pueblo Viejo. The workers whose work contracts were canceled had led a protest against the company two weeks ago in demand of a union contract that would regulate their working conditions.
Workers’ spokesman David Colón told Diario Libre reporters that the company had fired dozens of employees “for the simple fact of having participated in the union set up process.” Colón and other employees stood outside with small signs at the mine entrance in Pueblo Viejo, some 100 km north of Santo Domingo. They claim that the mining company was preventing the formation of a union.
Arlena Peña, the communications director for Barrick Pueblo Viejo, told the media the 40 employees were fired because they had put the operations and the safety of the mine in danger during the demonstration of 2 November 2016. She pointed out that on that occasion a group of workers marched through several areas of the open pit mine in an attempt to disrupt the work, “going so far as to reach a critical area of the operation and physically assault one operator.” She also said that the company has no objections to the formation of a union or negotiating a collective bargaining agreement. She said that since last April representatives of the company and the employees, headed by Colón, have been meeting with the mediation of the Ministry of Labor.
Source: DR1, Diariolibre
Nov 18, 2016
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