Doe Run Peru workers postpone blockades and protests

Isabel Guerra

Doe Run Peru workers postponed the road blockades and protests that were supposed to start today (August 31st) at La Oroya smelter with the aim of of putting pressure on the government to give another extension for completing the environmental cleanup (PAMA), according to the union leader Royberto Guzmán.

Doe Run Perú, a subsidiary of the US based Renco Group, halted operations last June, when banks cut off credits in a moment when international prices of metals went down.

Luis Castillo, President of the Mining Federation of Peru, told media that Doe Run Workers took this decision in order to facilitate the work of the governmental commission currently evaluating the worker’s request to extend the cleanup deadline for a 30 months.

The commission will issue its firsts informs on September 2nd.

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