Mexico: Labour activist Quintín Salgado killed amidst workers’ strike at Torex Gold mine; company comments

Quintin Salgado, one of the leaders of the workers’ strike at the Media Luna mine in Guerrero, belonging to Torex Gold, was killed by unknown men. Miners of Media Luna mine have been protesting against Torex Gold for better working conditions and their right to freedom of association. Torex Gold issued a press release about the strike and the killing of Salgado

 

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29 January 2018

Torex Provides Update On Its ELG Mine Complex Operations As The Illegal Blockade Has Been Removed

Author: Torex Gold Resources

…Torex Gold Resources Inc…reports that an illegal blockade by an external union has been removed at its ELG Mine Complex in southwest Mexico…The Company preferred to resolve the conflict through dialog and negotiation. However, it recently became clear the conditions for successful dialog were not available as the blockaders continue to demand the Company take actions it has no legal right to take…Unfortunately, tension and violence in the surrounding communities has been increasing. On January 24th, Quintin Salgado was killed in Nuevo Balsas by unknown assailants. Mr. Salgado had been an employee of the Company for four years, until 2014. The Company has no way of knowing who was behind the killing. It is our understanding that Mr. Salgado was well known to authorities and that the investigation continues. It is truly sad that Los Mineros and their supporting unions, have chosen to exploit these human tragedies to further their political agendas…

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25 January 2018

Third Torex Gold striker murdered in Mexico

Author: Unifor

…Unifor demands that Mexican labour standards be immediately addressed at the current round of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal. The union also calls for Torex Gold to be among the first Canadian companies to be examined by the newly announced Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, responsible for investigating human rights abuses by Canadian corporations operating abroad. According to the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic (Los Mineros), last week labour activist Quintin Salgado was on his way to meet strikers from Torex Gold's Media Luna mine when he was intercepted and pulled from his vehicle…Salgado's death is the latest violence related to the strike at the Media Luna mine, where approximately 600 workers have been on strike since November 3, 2017 after they were prevented from leaving the corrupt Confederación de Trabajadores de México (CTM) union to join Los Mineros...On January 15, 2018 Torex Gold announced a re-start of the Media Luna mine with the full cooperation of the CTM and Mexican police from the Federal Gendarmerie…

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