Federal police seize Cananea mine from strikers

Federal police staged a midnight raid on the Cananea copper mine in Sonora. Workers seized the mine almost three years ago, and have threatened to destroy the installations if any attempt were made to dislodge them.  As many as 2,000 federal police were involved in the operation that started Sunday night. The miners struck in July 2007 over benefits and safety conditions. In January 2008, the Ministry of Labor declared the strike illegal. In February 2010, a federal arbitration tribunal ruled against the strikers and in favor of the mine owner, Grupo Mexico; the final ruling was issued on June 4th. Reports said that the miners’ headquarters collapsed, but as yet there have been no reports of injuries. (Reforma 6/7, Excelsior 6/7)

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