TORONTO and NEW YORK, May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP. (NYSE:AG) (TSX:FR) (the “Company” or “First Majestic”) announces that a rogue group of union workers have halted activities and blocked the accesses at the La Encantada Silver Mine in the state of Coahuila, Mexico. The illegal blockade arose after some of the unionized individuals did not agree with the bonus that the company and the National Union of Miners, Metallurgists, Steelworkers and Similar Workers of Mexico (National Union), agreed to offer the miners in lieu of profit sharing.
Despite an agreement with the National Union, this rogue group of workers unilaterally decided to form a blockade, which has disrupted operations for all of the mine’s employees. It is currently not known how long the blockade will continue, however, First Majestic is working with the leadership of the National Union in order to resume operations and have the workers return to work.
“It is very unfortunate that this group of individuals have chosen to react in this manner instead of through dialogue and the proper channels through its union leadership,” said Dustin VanDoorselaere, COO. “We have been working very diligently with the leadership of the National Union to provide a fair solution for all union employees.”