Labour conflict at Torex mine in Mexico cools off – by Valentina Ruiz Leotaud ( – April 11, 2018)

Canada’s Torex Gold Resources (TSX: TXG) announced that, following last week’s negotiations that put an end to a five-month blockade at its El Limón-Guajes mine, today it received a notification stating that the union in conflict had withdrawn its case before Mexico’s Federal Labour Board.

Los Mineros Union, led by expat in Vancouver Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, had been fighting since November 3, 2017, to be the legally constituted union for the union-eligible ELG Mine Complex employees.

According to its representatives, Torex had unilaterally decided which union would advocate for workers, as opposed to letting them choose for themselves, accusations that the company denies.

Following months of protests, blockades, and contract suspensions, both parties tried negotiating before the Labour Board with the idea of setting the foundations for a consultation in which workers would have to decide which union would end up managing their contracts.

However, since Los Mineros dropped its case, the company says there is no longer a choice to be made and, thus, the government-sanctioned union selection process is off the table.

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