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Trapped Chilean Miners Denied Pay While Underground

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  • Romi Elnagar
    Trapped Chilean Miners Denied Pay While Underground posted by: Beth Buczynski The 33 men trapped 2,258 feet below ground in a Chilean mine recently found out
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 2010
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      Trapped Chilean Miners Denied Pay While Underground

      posted by: Beth Buczynski

      The 33 men trapped 2,258 feet below ground in a Chilean mine recently
      found out that they would be receiving no pay from the company
      responsible for their ordeal.

      Union official Evelyn Olmos stated
      that San Esteban, the company that operates the mine, has said it has
      no money to pay their wages and absorb lawsuits, and is not even
      participating in the rescue (Daily Mail).

      San
      Esteban has a reputation for ignoring safety standards and creating
      thinly supported mining tunnels that some have referred to as "swiss
      cheese."

      Family and friends of the Chilean miners
      feared that all 33 men had perished when the mine collapsed on August
      5th, 2010, trapping them inside. Seventeen days later, rescue workers
      were astonished when they heard hammering coming from deep inside the
      mine.

      A new probe was sent into the mine and a note was sent back which read, "All 33 of us are fine in the shelter," according to BBC News.
      Since then, small amounts of food have been delivered to the miners as
      they settle in for what could be a three month wait until engineers can
      clear a path to the chamber where they are.

      For many, the early
      joy of finding the miners still alive has been clouded by the mining
      companies calloused refusal to compensate them for their suffering
      during this tragedy.

      The miners' union has called on the
      government to pay the workers' wages starting in September, as well as
      giving help to the roughly 100 other people at the mine who are now out
      of work and 170 more who work elsewhere for San Esteban (Daily Mail).

      Government
      representatives have responded by saying they are prohibited by labour
      laws from assuming responsibility for the salaries. For now, the issue
      will be left up to the mining company and the Chilean courts.

      http://www.care2.com/causes/human-rights/blog/trapped-chilean-miners-docked-pay-while-undeground/





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