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Strike grips Bolivia San Cristobal silver mine

Steel News - Published on Thu, 31 Mar 2011

Reuters reported that a four day old strike has paralyzed Bolivia\'s San Cristobal mine which produces silver, zinc and lead and accounts for about half the country\'s mining exports.

According to Japan\'s Sumitomo Corporation, San Cristobal is the world\'s third largest producer of silver and the sixth largest producer of zinc which fully owns the mine. It produced some 620,000 kilograms of fine silver in 2009.

Mr Freddy Beltran mining director of government said that the strike started on Friday after days of threats by miners who are calling for improved working conditions and the firing of several officials. Today is the fourth day that the mine\'s been halted, bearing in mind that it keeps operating over the weekend.

A company statement expressed concern about operations at the remote Andean site and for staff safety without giving further details. Labor disputes are common in Bolivia, a significant global producer of zinc, silver, tin and lead.

(Sourced from Reuters)

Posted By : admin on Thu, 31 Mar 2011
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