TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) is again criticizing Excellon Resources
management for refusing to engage in constructive dialogue to end a
host of problems plaguing their only operating mine in Mexico. The
latest example is breaking off discussions with a group of small
landowners from whom Excellon had leased land for exploration, the USW
In the original contract signed with landowners over three years ago,
Excellon agreed to social benefit clauses, such as ensuring water from
the mine would not contaminate the leased land and providing jobs and
worker training in the local community, but numerous problems arising
from Excellon's operations have emerged.
After many delays Excellon finally agreed to meet with landowners on
January 30 to discuss the problems. However, the Project for Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights, which has been assisting the landowners,
stated in a letter to CEO Jeremy Wyeth that "Excellon broke off the
discussions, which were supposed to be a respectful negotiation of the
contract by both parties, after less than an hour in an extremely rude,
"Excellon is fast becoming a poster child for bad behaviour by Canadian
mining companies given the negative publicity over the past few
months," said USW National Director Ken Neumann. "Its behaviour is
giving rise to further demands that the Government of Canada must do
more to ensure that mining companies operating in the Global South do
not tarnish the reputation of our country throughout the world."
Excellon received widespread notoriety for refusing any further
participation in the first case handled by Dr. Marketa Evans, the
Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor for the
Government of Canada.
"Excellon's decision to withdraw prior to dialogue represents a
significant missed opportunity to build deeper understanding of the
issues and enhance reputation and risk management," Evans wrote in her
The USW has repeatedly cited the failure by Excellon management to
resolve labour and other problems at its Platosa mine as a principal
reason for the lack of investor confidence in the company.
Excellon's share price still hovers near its 52-week low despite the
company announcing a possible share buyback and efforts to publicize
assay results of so-called new discoveries.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Joe Drexler, USW Education and Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, 416-434-7907, firstname.lastname@example.org.