The railway blockade began on Might 5 and was being led by former staff who, in keeping with the miner, have been demanding their jobs again and extra compensation. The employees, alternatively, told local media that they have been fired with out a trigger.
Because of the protest, Cerrejón was not capable of mobilize gasoline into the mine so administration resorted to tank vans to maneuver gasoline from the port into the operation. Nevertheless, on Might 20, 2021, folks from the Media Luna neighborhood determined to dam the doorway to the port demanding jobs.
The blockades utterly hindered the corporate’s capacity to herald gasoline and, subsequently, the pressure majeure needed to be declared on Might 24, 2021, and all contracts have been suspended.
In line with Cerrejón, which is owned by BHP Group, Anglo American and Glencore, the provincial and federal economies lost about $1 million in royalties, taxes and parafiscal funds for every day the mine was not capable of function.
On Might 27, the blockades have been lastly eliminated after the previous staff, the neighborhood and the miner met with the Ministry of Mines, the Presidential Councillor for Competitiveness, the Ministry of Inside, the Normal Prosecutor’s Workplace, the Ombudsman’s Workplace, the Lawyer Normal’s Workplace, the Armed Forces, the Governor of La Guajira and the Uribia Mayor.
As soon as it was capable of entry each the port and the railway, the miner despatched out 60,000 tonnes of coal for export.
Final 12 months, Cerrejón additionally needed to cope with a employee rebellion within the type of a three-month strike led by the close by Wayuu Indigenous community and its largest union.
Constructed 30 years in the past, Cerrejón is an built-in mining and transportation complicated that features an open-pit mine, a 150-kilometre railway line and a Caribbean port. In 2020, the mine produced 12.4 million tonnes of coal, nearly 52% lower than the output it registered the 12 months earlier than.