The union for Canadian miner First Quantum’s unit in Panama said on Thursday that it reached an agreement with the company to guarantee salaries as protests and blockades against the miner prevent them from working.
Protests have raged for weeks against First Quantum’s contract for a $10 billion copper mine, with some protests blocking access to the mine.
The blockades “put at risk the daily bread of some 7,000 workers who are also Panamanians who have not been able to return to our posts to make a living in a dignified way,” the union said in a statement.
“We have signed agreements with the company to guarantee salary for the workers,” the statement added.
First Quantum’s local unit, Minera Panama, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
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