Colombian president Mr Juan Manuel Santos assigned the Minister of Labor to form a commission in order to address a union strike at Colombia’s most productive mine.
Mr Santos said that "I have asked the Minister of Labor to personally go to Cerrejon and do everything possible so that this strike is not successful that it does not continue because the damage to the entire world would be very large."
He said that "No one wins the country loses. You lose… because every day that passes forgone royalties and foregone incomes that for the most part go to social investment.”
The Cerrejon mine is the most productive mine in Colombia according to local media and accounts for 59.7% of GDP in the northern Guajira department. Cerrejon Coal is responsible for some 5% of coal sales in the world and employs roughly 12,000 people.
Source – Colombia Report