Last update:
2019-10-17

San Vicente silver mine by Pan American Silver, Bolivia

Pan American Silver's San Vicente mine in Bolivia has a history of labor conflict in which leaders have expressed concern about the health and safety of workers. This conflict has the potential to reignite as production comes to an end.


Description:

[Spanish version: see English version below] La empresa minera Pan American Silver, a través de un acuerdo de riesgo compartido con el gobierno boliviano, opera la mina San Vicente en Bolivia. A lo largo de los años, el porcentaje de la propiedad de la subsidiaria operativa que tiene la compañía Pan American ha cambiado desde su inversión inicial en 1999, alcanzando la propiedad mayoritaria en 2007 (95%). Esto coincidió con la expansión de la mina de una operación a pequeña escala a escala industrial, lo cual comenzó a finales de 2008.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:San Vicente silver mine by Pan American Silver, Bolivia
Country:Bolivia
State or province:Potosi
Location of conflict:San Vicente, Sur Chichas
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Mineral ore exploration
Specific commodities:Lead
Silver
Zinc
Copper
Gold
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Spanish version: San Vicente es una mina subterránea polimetálica de plata que produce un concentrado de plata y plomo y otro de plata y zinc.

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Project area:7,020
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:Municipio Atocha (San Vicente Canton n/d): 11,489
Start of the conflict:05/09/2012
Company names or state enterprises:Trafigura Beheer B.V from Netherlands - 5 % of ownership of Bolivian subsidiary operating company
Pan American Silver Corp. (PAS) from Canada - 95% ownership of the Bolivian joint Venture operating company
Pan American Silver Bolivia (PASB ) from Bolivia - Operating Entity
Relevant government actors:-Ministerio de Mineria y Metalurgia, Bolivia
-Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Agua
-Servicio Nacional de Registro y Control de la Comercializacion de los minerales y metales
- Corporacion Minera de Bolivia (COMIBOL)
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Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Centro de Documentacion e Informacion Bolivia (CEDIB), https://cedib.org/
SOPE- Lidema Potosi, https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/SOPE-Lidema-Potosi-367487096695544/
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Artisanal miners
Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Trade unions
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Sabotage
Street protest/marches
Strikes
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents, Deaths
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Other socio-economic impacts, Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Potential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Corruption
Negotiated alternative solution
Repression
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:2012: It is unclear what terms of agreements were reached. The company insisted that small-scale miners did not invade the company's work areas, but the President of Bolivia's mining company, and PASB's JV partner, said they were small scale miners and community members looking for work areas.
The labour disputes have both concluded with agreements being reached between the company and the union leadership.
2014: Mediated agreement reached.
2017: Company sent commission to the mine from Vancouver. Agreement accorded.
Since the leadership accused the company of intervening in their political processes it is possible that this continues to be a reality with the leadership.
Sources & Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

July 16, 2014. Dhont, A. " Labour dispute at San Vicente mine will test Bolivian government's resolve to improve business environment" , IHS Global Insight Daily Analysis
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[3] La Razón: Paran labores en San Vicente y exigen renuncia de su gerente; July 18, 2014
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Cronica de Conflictos Mineros en Bolivia, CEDIB,
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Sept. 5, 2012 "Cooperativistas mineros avasallan parte de la mina San Vicente en Potosí," La Razon,
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Sept. 14, 2012. "Pan American addresses community concerns at San Vicente" Business News Americas
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Sept. 14, 2012. "Pan American addresses community concerns at San Vicente" Business News Americas

January 6, 2017 "Denuncian despidos en mina San Vicente",
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September 14, 2012. "Pan American addresses community concerns at San Vicente" Business News Americas

July 16, 2014 "Press Release: Work stoppage at Pan American Silver's San Vicente mine", Dow Jones Institutional News

July 18, 2014 "Paran labores en San Vicente y exigen renuncia de su gerente", La Razon,

Pan American Silver Website, Operations: San Vicente
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September 14, 2012. "Pan American addresses community concerns at San Vicente" Business News Americas
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July 16, 2014 "Press Release: Work stoppage at Pan American Silver's San Vicente mine", Dow Jones Institutional News
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July 16, 2014. Dhont, A. " Labour dispute at San Vicente mine will test Bolivian government's resolve to improve business environment" , IHS Global Insight Daily Analysis

Sept 2, 2017 "Mineros de San Vicente exigen a Pan American Silver resolver demandas ", Agencia Boliviana de Informacion (ABI)
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[2] La Patria en línea; "Presión a gerente de "San Vicente" sería radicalizada por trabajadores"; julio 2014
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[2] La Patria en línea; Presión a gerente de "San Vicente" sería radicalizada por trabajadores; julio 2014
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El Diario Nacional; "Denuncian despidos en mina San Vicente"; Enero 2017
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[1] Crónica de Conflictos Mineros en Bolivia, CEDIB
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

San Vicente union representatives denounce with their National leadership (FSTMB) the lack of safety conditions in place at the mine.
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[5] ATB Noticias; Mina San Vicente paralizada por malas condiciones de trabajo en Potosí; Sept.2017
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Other comments:All company specific production data, and historic data, comes from their Annual Reports as obtained from sedar.com. https://www.sedar.com/
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Contributor:Kirsten Francescone, MiningWatch Canada, [email protected]
Last update17/10/2019
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