VANCOUVER, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - As attacks on Canadian tourists continue and
human and labour rights violations in Mexico escalate, labour and
community supporters will gather in downtown Vancouver on Thursday
morning to call on the Mexican government of Felipe Calderon to take
The event, marking the fifth anniversary of the Pasta de Conchos mine
disaster that killed 65 coal miners in Coahuila state, will take place
at Harbour Green Park at the corner of West Cordova and Bute, starting
at 10:30 am.
"Five years after the Pasta de Conchos mine explosion, we are not
forgetting that rescue efforts were abandoned after just five days and
that 63 miners remain buried," says USW Western Canada Director Stephen
Hunt. "There has also not been a proper investigation and surviving
family members have not been adequately compensated."
After denouncing the disaster as "industrial homicide," Mexican Mine and
Metal Workers leader Napoleon Gomez received death threats and fled to
Canada. Gomez will speak at the event.
Joining Gomez will be Jorge Castillo, secretary general of the Mexican
Telephone Workers Union and Martin Esparza, secretary general of the
Mexican Electrical Workers Union, whose organizations have been
attacked by Mexican authorities.
Amber Hockin - Canadian Labour Congress
Stephen Hunt - United Steelworkers
Jorge Castillo - STRM (Mexican Telephone Workers)
Martin Esparza - SME (Mexican Electrical Workers)
Napoleon Gomez - (Mexican Mine and Metal Workers)
Similar events have been held this week in major Canadian cities and 30
other countries, calling for an end to the violent repression of labour
and human rights in Mexico.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Stephen Hunt, 604-683-1117, 604-816-2554;
Norman Garcia, 604-683-1117, 604-838-3653