SÃO PAULO Workers
at Bolivias Empresa Minera Huanuni (EMH), controlled by
state-owned Corporación Minera de Bolivia (Comibol),
began an "indefinite" strike May 6 over pension conditions,
AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin has
Miners are demanding pensions of
8,000 bolivianos ($1,115), while the local government recently
produced an offer of 4,000 bolivianos ($557).
They are supported by
Bolivias main workers organization, Central Obrera
Boliviana, whose delegates also blocked some of the
countrys main roads and disrupted the operation of some
health centers, according to local newspaper La
Bolivian mining and metallurgy
minister Mario Virreira warned during a local press conference
that the tin miner could register a loss.
"What concerns us is that this
measure (the strike) puts at risk the functioning of the mining
company. A day of stoppage means losses of $500,000," the
minister said in a statement.
"We are waiting for the
government to formalize dialogue with the workers, which has
not yet happened," Justo Calle, secretary for conflict at
Bolivian mining workers federation FSTMB, said.
Huanuni was nationalized in 2006
after former owner RGB Resources Plc collapsed amid fraud
accusations that eventually led to the arrest of two former
A version of this article
was first published by AMM sister publication Metal