MEXICO CITY, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Former workers of Mexican miner Grupo Mexico plan to block access to the giant Buenavista copper mine on Dec. 1 to pressure the company and the country’s incoming leftist government to give them back their collective labor contracts.
The planned industrial action is part of a longstanding dispute after Grupo Mexico fired the mine’s workforce and reopened it in 2010, following a federal judge’s ruling that a nearly three-year strike over a labor dispute was illegal.
“We’re looking to recover our collective labor contracts, which was stolen by Grupo Mexico,” Sergio Tolano, secretary general of section 65 of the National Mining Union, told Reuters.
Tolano said the section’s 650 members plan to block access roads to the Buenavista del Cobre mine, located some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Arizona border in Sonora state, on Dec. 1 as President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador begins a six-year term in office.
“Now we have a new incoming government that backs workers,” Tolano said. Grupo Mexico said any move to block roads to its mine would be illegal.