Mining Company Still Not Operating

In Guatemala, the company Minera San Rafael, whose operations remain paralyzed pending a final decision by the Constitutional Court, announced the dismissal of another 200 employees.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The delay on the part of Constitutional Court of Guatemala continues to take its toll on the mining company, which has been unable to operate for more than 400 days.

The vice president of the company Tahoe Resources and general director of Minera San Rafael, Dave Howe, told Elperiodico.com.gt that "... 200 more workers have been dismissed. With this third cut, he said, there are already 703 families who have had to suffer the consequences of this judicial delay in the CC.

"... Howe said that the worrying thing is that they still do not know when that ruling will come. In terms of payroll there are still more than 320 collaborators who are still working in the areas of administration and management of environmental compliance. When they are allowed to operate again, they will rehire personnel as these are people who have been trained; however, some have migrated."

In May 2018, the Legal, Environmental and Social Action Center of Guatemala (Calas) filed an appeal for legal protection, arguing that the Ministry of Energy and Mines had not carried out the necessary community consultations before authorizing the licenses.

A month later, the Supreme Court of Justice granted the protection to Calas, and as a result, the operations of the mine have been paralyzed since July 5 of last year. See: "The high cost of legal uncertainty"

See also the story of the Minera San Rafael case on CentralAmericaData.


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