Striking Casapalca miners blockade highway

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Striking workers at Peruvian polymetallic producer Minera Casapalca blocked the main highway in the central Andean Junín region as a labor stoppage entered its seventh day on Wednesday, a union official said.

The strike is the second at the mine in the past nine months

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Some 2,000 striking workers are pressuring Casapalca owners the Gubbins Group to reinstate four workers and replace two company executives, union general secretary Erasmo Mayta told BNamericas.

Miners blocked the central highway at Km. 119 near the former Doe Run Perú zinc-lead smelter, he said.

Union and company officials were scheduled Wednesday to take part in government-brokered talks at the labor ministry, he said. Workers previously downed tools at the mine for nine days last April.

Miners, who earlier this month ended a 19-day strike at nearby central Andean zinc-lead producer Minera Raura, have not fully comprehended the impact of slumping metals prices on mining company profits, according to the national mining society (SNMPE). Peru last year registered stoppages at Antamina, Buenaventura, El Brocal, Milpo, Raura, Casapalca, Shougang Hierro Perú and Mitsui unit Santa Luisa.

Casapalca produced 27,267t zinc, 4,675t lead, 2,232t copper and 45,311kg silver through the first three quarters of 2014, according to the energy and mines ministry (MEM).