Opposition deputies ask for sanctions for Liex-Zijin

Opposition deputies ask for sanctions for Liex-Zijin
Opposition deputies ask for sanctions for Liex-Zijin

May 20, 2024 – 00:05

Last week, the Minister of Mining of the Province, Marcelo Murúa, appeared at the Mining Commission of the Chamber of Deputies to respond to the proposals of the legislators. At the meeting, the provincial official responded to different topics, but the main ones were the conflict in Peñas Negras with the company Elevado Gold and the controversy in which the Chinese firm Liex-Zijin was involved after its employees were stranded on the way to the 3 Quebradas camp. .

On this last issue, the provincial deputies of the UCR, Silvana Carrizo, Alfredo Marchioli and Carlos Marcilli, requested that there be an “exemplary sanction” against the liturgical company that operates in Fiambalá due to the conflict with the workers. In this sense, the Ministry indicated that it is working on a fine against the company.

“We complain about the repeated breaches of the labor regime by the company Liex-Zijin SA, a local subsidiary of the Chinese mining company Zijing Mining, in charge of the ‘Tres Quebradas’ lithium project, which once again put workers at risk in the transfer in adverse weather conditions despite having been warned about the possible risks, highlighted the president of the UCR block.

Regarding the Peñas Negras conflict, the radical deputy indicated that her bloc raised “the importance of mining management that involves communities and promotes economic and social development in a balanced manner, and the need for prior, free and informed to avoid conflicts, such as the repression of the inhabitants of Peñas Negras”.

At the meeting, the situation of the POSCO firm, in charge of the “Sal de Oro” Project, was also discussed. In this sense, the opposition legislators asked if the signing of the “Framework Agreement for Facilitation and Promotion of a Mining Project signed between the Provincial Executive Branch and the Executive Branch of the Province of Salta” results in benefits for the community of Antofagasta de la Sierra in in particular, and for Catamarca in general. On this issue, the radical deputies were struck by the fact that the minister indicated that the Salta Legislature had not yet ratified this agreement when the Catamarca Legislature had already done so.

For his part, at the end, the minister highlighted: “We were addressing the questions or concerns that were raised to us about two specific topics: the Liex-Zijin project and the events that have occurred in recent weeks, as well as the conflict with the indigenous community. of Peñas Negras. We remain open to consultations by the deputies and we committed to sending more precise information to the Presidency of the Commission”.

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