Production in Peru?

 

Hudbay wants us to believe that their $US 1.8 billion project Constancia in Peru is ramped up and at full production as we speak.

What Hudbay doesn’t want us to know is that there is major obstacles and opposition to all mining companies in the country. Opposition that has reduced production dramatically, and to the point that they are no longer producing at all. Some companies have abandoned them all together.

According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the total value of mining projects in Peru is valued at a staggering US$63 billion.

However, the total value of projects currently suspended – for various reasons but in particular those where there have been serious conflict is well over US$25 billion.

This is 40% of all mining companies in the country that are no longer in production!

There are some 20 projects currently suspended and suffering major delays. Here are some to name a few.

MINAS CONGA, a copper/gold mining project valued at US$4.8 billion, in Cajamarca. It has been suspended two years ago because of localized protest.

TIA MARIA, in Arequipa, a large open-cast copper project, involving an investment of around US$1 billion. Facing widespread opposition from local farmers of the region, work on the project is currently suspended. There has been a month long strike.

MICHIQUILLAY, also in Cajamarca. Our former parent company, Anglo American announced last year it was abandoning their project due to the drop of metal prices and to the large degree of conflict in the region. This comes at a loss of US$2 billion.

As we scroll down the long list, we find CONSTANCIA, in Cuzo, where the concessions are owned by Hudbay and involves an investment of US$1.8 billion. They are undergoing delays due to local protesters.

Local residents are sick of the empty promises that were made to them by theses mining companies. They will not tolerate the environmental impact theses mines are having to their land and waterways. They will not stand for it, and are starting to shut theses companies down.

The dockworkers at Port of Callo have walked off the job in an indefinite strike. This is Peru’s largest port. With no workers, ships do not get loaded or unloaded.

Hudbay relies on ships to transport their product to their customers throughout the world. They do not get paid by their customers till they receive their product. With no workers to load the ships, they don’t get paid.

How long are shareholders willing to wait for a return on their investment?

More realistic, how long can Hudbay smokescreen them?

There is a real chance that Hudbay will have no choice but to abandon their project as so many companies before them have.

Who is gonna pay for this 1.8 billion dollar mistake?

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

Management Uncertainty?

 

Brad W. Lantz is the Vice President of Business Development and Technical Services for Hudbay Minerals.

His roles include managing internal and external project reviews, due diligence processes, project and operational governance, reporting and risk management. All engineering and geological standards and reporting responsibilities also fall within his mandate.

He is an important man in upper management in the Toronto Office.

What we and most others will find interesting is the selling off of his HBM shares on May 13, 2015.

This wasn’t a small amount either.

Mr. Lantz exercised 60,000 options at $2.59 apiece, then selling them all directly into the market at an average of around $11.80 and personally taking home the difference.

If we want to round it up to an even number it comes out to a $550,000 bonus.

Now the real questions.

Why would the president of risk management sell off this massive amount of his options right now?

Could it be the lack of progress in the development of the Rosemont Project in Arizona?

Could it be the uncertainty of Constancia in Peru, where protesters are causing delays in production? Maybe it’s the indefinite strike of dockside workers on the country’s largest port not allowing any of their product to be moved and sold?

Or could it be the members of the IAM on strike in Flin Flon and Snow Lake who have crippled the plant’s production and now is running in an idle mode.

The writing is on the wall, this company is in big trouble.

When senior management is selling off shares at this point, maybe there is something blowing in the wind.

If we were shareholders, we would find this very concerning.

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

Men’s Haircut Premium for the IAM

 

We would like to inform our members that another local business has generously given the IAM membership a service at a wonderful premium.

Carla Watson owner of The Mane Frame along with her staff of professional hairstylists have offered  haircuts to the striking members of the IAM for the premium price of $12.50 each.

This offer will take place throughout the following dates:

Tuesday May 19 to Saturday May 30.

Members are to phone and book an appointment as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To book an appointment, members are to contact the Mane Frame in Flin Flon  at (204) 687-6800.

We would like to thank Carla and her entire staff for opening her heart and helping us when the chips are down.

We wish to encourage the entire community to visit the Mane Frame for professional service for all of your hairstyling needs.

Chiropractic Adjustments

 

The IAM executive is happy to announce that another local business has graciously opened up it’s arms to help our striking IAM members.

Dr. McKenna, Bonnie Nabe and the rest of the staff from Chiropractic On Main has offered striking IAM 1848 members a flat fee of $15 per a treatment for a chiropractic adjustment.

All Blue Cross fees will be waived.

Appointments can be made by calling (204) 687-4092, but all walk-ins are also welcome.

Their clinic is located on 49 Main Street in Flin Flon and their business hours are:

Monday – Thursday —- 2pm – 6pm

Friday – Saturday —- 10am – 12pm

The IAM would like to thank all staff from Chiropractic On Main for this very generous gift to us.

We encourage all from our community to visit Dr. McKenna and his staff for all their chiropractic needs.

Job Search Assistance

To All IAM1848 Members

As our strike enters a second week, we understand that many of our Members will be seeking other work rather than waiting for HudBay to come back to the bargaining table.

We have arranged for individual job search assistance for any Members who would like to update their resume or access on-line job postings.

If you are interested, please send a confidential email with your contact information to:

IAM1848JobSearch@gmail.com

You will then be contacted to set up an appointment to discuss your individual circumstances.

In Solidarity,

IAMAW 1848 Executive

SCABS

 

If you were to look in The Merriam Webster Dictionary for a definition of what a scab actually is, you will find.

Scab /skab/ n 1 : scabies of domestic animals 2 : a protective crust over a sore or wound 3 : a worker who replaces a striker or works under conditions not authorized by a union 4 : any of various bacterial or fungus plant diseases marked by crusted spots on stems or leaves – scab.by adj

As we all can see the word scab is used to describe a thing that is unpleasant in all definitions.

Actually it is an unpleasant and grotesque growth that is a sponge on what is healthy and viable.

It also describes a worker who is brought in by companies to replace their own employees who have gone out on strike because they are not being treated fairly.

They are paid at a higher wage rate than their own employees to preform the same tasks.

They are used to prolong the length of a strike and to starve out their own employees to try force them into submission.

They are used to break union solidarity by creating the perception that it is no longer effective.

Let’s be crystal clear, scab workers are not a part of the community. They do not spend money in local businesses. They do not pay taxes to our infrastructure. They do not support community events. Once they leave, all that they have earned leaves with them.

Companies who employ scabs do not care about their employees, the community, or the people in them.

Corporate greed is their only bottom line.

In solidarity

Your negotiating team

Safety In The Plant and Mines

 

We want all employees still working in the plant and mines that safety must supersede everything else in your work day.

Now a week into the strike, mechanics and pipe fitters have not been in the plant to inspect and repair the equipment and machinery that you use on a daily basis.

You can no longer assume that these machines are safe to use anymore.

You must take the time with all pre-operation checklists and be sure to check every article to ensure that it operates as it should. You must not operate any equipment until it can be used in the safest possible way. If it does not meet safety standards, as stated in Hudbay’s checklists, you must lock out the equipment and it will not be used until the necessary repairs can be made so it can be operated safely.

Employees should also be aware, that without pipe fitters in the plant, all pressure vessels and pressurized piping systems have not been inspected or repaired. You must be wary of your surroundings at all times, as these pressure vessels are numerous and encompass all areas throughout the plant. If duties of the job include the opening and closing of valves, we must ensure that they flex easily, and always close with a complete shut off as they are intended to operate. If not, they cannot be used until they are repaired or replaced. If any leaks are detected in any of the piping systems, they must be de-pressurized until necessary repairs can be made. Production can only continue when it is safe.

BE AWARE AND ALWAYS WORK SAFE

In solidarity

Your negotiating team

Apprentice Blue Books

 

If apprentices wish to obtain their blue books from Hudbay with their hours up to date, they are to contact Terry Lawrence at (204) 687 2057 from the Main Office for all arrangements.

Banked Wages and Vacation Payout

 

We want our members to know if they wish to have bank wages or vacation paid out they are to contact their department timekeeper up to the May 13th cut off period as soon as possible.

From that pay period moving forward if you wish to have the above items paid out, you are to contact the following ladies from the main office for assistance.

Carla Simon at (204) 687 2040

or

Lyndsay Lenderbeck at (204) 687 2044

The Community and Unions stand as one

 

Rene Beauchamp, President of the IAM local 1848, announced at noon today to kick off the carpenter sponsored BBQ.

I would like to thank the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1614 for hosting today’s community BBQ, as well as our communities, local businesses, and the other unions for the support that the IAM has received over the past week – it has been amazing!

It is always sad when negotiations break down and this kind of action results, but the fact is there has been no negotiation to date.

I only wish HudBay would have spent the money they have wasted on their contingency plan at the bargaining table – we would have had a deal if they had!

Our members are standing strong and are committed to getting a fair collective agreement with HudBay.

With that in mind, I am pleased to announce that IAM will be opening the picket lines this coming week to allow unrestricted access to HudBay properties. We hope that this good will gesture will encourage HudBay to come back to the table for honest and sincere discussions that can lead to a fair collective bargaining agreement.

IAM is looking forward to the day when we can all get back to work and make HudBay profitable again.”

We would like to thank the carpenter union for hosting the BBQ for us today. Its good to know that all union brothers and sisters support each other at all times.

We would like to thank Eddie’s Family Foods for all the supplies for the BBQ.

The IAM would once again like to thank the community for the tremendous support we have received. The generosity shown to us is still unbelievable. The compassion shown to us is unimaginable. Flin Flon is truly one of the greatest places in the world. Words cannot express how thankful we are.

What is most important, is the message we must portray to our youth. With the support of the community, unions will always fight for the workers rights to ensure we receive a fair settlement always. We will never settle for anything less.

In solidarity

Your negotiating team