Chile: workers of Pascua Lama mining project protest by occupying church

Posted on August 7, 2012 • Filed under: Chile, Conflicts, Labor Issues

A group of contract workers and leaders of the Pascua Lama mining project, being conducted by Canada’s Barrick Gold in Chile and Argentina, were taken today a Catholic Church in the northern town of Vallenar in protest labor demands of health and safety.

Vice President of the Association of Workers and Contractors of the project, Rafael Castillo, told Radio Biobío “We are tired of the poor hygiene of Pascua Lama, which are deplorable.”

“Every year workers die from lack of medical care, and therefore we take the cathedral to let people know how we are working and the conditions under which we are exposed every day,” he added. Read Article

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