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11/20/17

More on the Torex (TXG) mess

This English language release from the USW does a correct job in outlining the scenario that led to the deaths of two striking workers at the Torex Media Luna / ELG mine in Guerrero province, Mexico, yesterday. It also lays bare the BS that Stanford is trying to peddle about the company being an innocent victim stuck in an inter-union war. Well worth a read. An excerpt:
Like many foreign companies operating in Mexico, Torex reached a deal with one of Mexico’s notorious “protection unions” that don’t legitimately represent workers.
It is common for foreign companies to sign agreements with Mexican protection unions – even before the company begins operating – without the input or knowledge of affected workers. Even long after they’ve been hired, workers often have no idea they actually belong to a union. Such employer protection contracts are illegal in Canada and the U.S. because they violate the most basic rights of citizens. But they remain common in Mexico despite a recent reform of the Mexican Constitution that is supposed to outlaw such corrupt practices.

In the case of Torex Gold’s Media Luna mine, the company struck a deal with Mexico’s largest confederation of protection unions, the Confederación de Trabajadores de México (CTM).

However, in early November workers at the mine went on strike to demand their rights to join a legitimate, democratic union that will defend their interests.