TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 9, 2017) - YAMANA GOLD INC. (TSX:YRI) (NYSE:AUY) ("Yamana" or the "Company") herein provides an update relating to negotiations with unions at its mines in Chile. As part of the collective bargaining renewal process, the Company has been in negotiations with unions representing workers employed at El Peñón and Minera Florida.
Collective bargaining agreements have been entered into at Minera Florida, and the mine and plant are operating at full capacity.
In relation to El Peñón, the Company has successfully entered into a collective bargaining agreement with the union representing supervisors and has tabled a final offer to the two unions representing underground workers. The final offer took into consideration the current commodity price environment and the ongoing evaluation of the optimal long-term production and cost profile at El Peñón, along with several other factors including recent collective bargaining settlements at other mines in country including at Minera Florida and at El Peñón with the supervisors. Both unions representing underground workers have rejected the Company's final offer with one union on strike and the other now in a strike position and expected to strike.
Operations at El Peñón have been suspended in light of the foregoing. While strike actions presently involves picketing and road blockades, there have been incidents of incidental equipment damage and members of one of the unions have staged an illegal sit in at the employee camp.
The Company continues to work with local authorities and labour ministry representatives to ensure it preserves its legal remedies and options including imposing a partial or total lockout and with union representatives to determine any reasonable resolution of the collective bargaining process.
Yamana is a Canadian-based gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions throughout the Americas including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Canada. Yamana plans to continue to build on this base through existing operating mine expansions, throughput increases, development of new mines, the advancement of its exploration properties and, at times, by targeting other gold consolidation opportunities with a primary focus in the Americas.
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