HONDURAS - Goldcorp and Mining Health Harms, Cover-up #3
SICK EX-MINING COMPANY EMPLOYEES PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE
19 noviembre, 2011, La Tribuna
(Translated by Rights Action)
TEGUCIGALPA. Siria Valley inhabitants, whose wellbeing was affected by their jobs at the EntreMares mining company [subsidiary of Goldcorp Inc] will protest next Wednesday at the Supreme Court, to demand compensation from the State for damages caused to their health.
Those who worked for the mining company in Siria Valley are demanding compensation due to the presence of heavy metals in their blood, which will keep them out of work for the rest of their lives.
Those who will protest "are employees and ex employees of the EntreMares [Goldcorp] company, many worked in extraction, others with heavy machinery and due to their contact with the chemicals used by this industry, such as cyanide, they became ill, but have not yet received compensation", informed the representative of the Association of Environmentalist Journalists of Honduras, Eduardo Yánez.
He added that "these people have heavy metals in their blood. That is why they have been demanding compensation for two years now, since now they are all disqualified from working elsewhere".
He commented that when the company they worked for "realized how sick they were, they fired them and although they had labor rights, they didn't pay their compensations - despite the fact they showed that their health problem was caused by a work related illness".
Accordingly, this group of people will be at the entrance of the Supreme Court demanding justice from the Judges and Magistrates "so that in Honduras the laws start to be applied, once and for all, because the health of human beings is priceless. There should be punishment in this case".
A "CANADIAN" PROBLEM
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