Soma Gold miners strike, mining halted

Soma Gold, owned by Operadora Minera SAS in Antioquia, Colombia, has confirmed its workers have stepped off the line and gone on strike.

President and CEO Javier Cordova Unda said the election to strike, organized by its unionised workers, was effective immediately and work at the site stopped 16 September.

“Negotiations continue, and both parties have expressed hope that a resolution can be found quickly,” he said, though the executive did not indicate the impetus for the strike action.

The company also said the Colombian Ministry of Labor is assisting in mediating a settlement for the parties.

Canadian-based Soma owns two adjacent mining properties in Antioquia, Colombia with a combined milling capacity of 675 t/d (permitted for 1,400 t/d). The El Bagre mill is currently operating and producing. 

The company also owns an exploration property near Tucuma, Para State, Brazil that is currently under option to Ero Copper.


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