- Title: BOLIVIA: MINERS STAGE HUNGER STRIKE IN PROTEST OVER GOVERNMENT CUTS.
- Date: 8th September 1986
- Summary: 1. GV Pan San Jose township. 0.04 2. CU PULL BACK TO GV Workers gathered outside mining office. 0.11 3. GVs Mining site. (2 SHOTS) 0.14 4. TRACKING SHOT Entrance to mine. 0.24 5. SVs Men and women on strike eating cocoa leaves seated inside mine. (3 SHOTS) 0.37 6. SVs Miners chanting beside feudalistic effigy. (2 SHOTS) 1.11 7. SVs Spokesman for miners on strike speaking. (Spanish SOT) 1.37 InitialsJCT/JS Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 23rd September 1986 13:00
- Location: SAN JOSE, BOLIVIA
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA5FTQL25RH4IVJARGPC6AKP8H9
- Story Text: SAN JOSE, BOLIVIA
Nearly 1,000 Bolivian tin miners began a hunger strike on September 5 in protest over government cuts which they claim could cost 10,000 jobs in their industry. The miners at the Siglo XX Mine (20th Century Mine), 300 kilometres (180 miles) south of La Paz and at San Jose, 200 kilometres south of La Paz, began the strike inside the mine shafts where they said police would have difficulty getting them out. Bolivian President Victor Paz Estenssoro announced plans a week earlier to close up to 11 mines and cut production at five other mines because of the collapse in the world tin price. The President declared a state of siege following a September 6 march by the miners. It remains in force prohibiting strikes and large gatherings. The miners' union said the government's plans would not only involve closures, but place the remaining 24 state-run mines under local, autonomous management. The State Mining Company, known as Comibol, currently averages a loss of 9.2 million US dollars a month according to Mining Minister Jaime Villalobos.
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