Mexico: Interview With Miners Union Leader

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Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, general secretary of the National Union of Miners of the Mexican Republic, spoke in an interview with Radio Bemba about mining disputes in the country, while denouncing the activity of the Grupo México company.

Gómez Urrutia has been living in self imposed exile in Canada since 2006, after denouncing the explosion in the Pasta de Cochos mine, in the northern state of Coahuila, as “industrial homicide”. The explosion killed 65 miners.

During the interview, Gómez Urrutia criticised the corruption of the Grupo México company. The union of which he is the leader has been in constant conflict with the company since 2003.

He accused Grupo México of violating trade union rights of the miners, while denouncing the inhuman working conditions of the Cananea mine.

The union leader said that “Mexico should have a law which punishes the criminal negligence and the irresponsibility of the companies”.

At the same time, Gómez Urrutia called on the people of Cananea, colleagues in the struggle and the striking committee to conduct a campaign protesting against “the Grupo México abuses”.

Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the news agency of AMARC-ALC.

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