Lima, Peru - 30 April, 2007
1. Protesting miners marching along street, chanting (Spanish): "Miners are out in the streets and it is the government's fault"
2. Reverse of protesting miners marching
3. Medium of protesters chanting, tilt down to sign reading (Spanish): "Lying government, we want a solution"
4. Miners waving blue helmets in the air
5. Medium of miners chanting "Minister Pinilla, we want a solution"
6. Various of miners protesting
7. Medium of miners holding up sign (Spanish) "National Mining Strike"
8. Close-up of box reading "Miners on strike Shougang (referring to Chinese-owned Shougang Hierro Peru SA mine)"
9. Wide of protest
10. Wide of protesters outside General Confederation of Workers of Peru
11. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Pedro Cruz, Miner on strike:
"We are the workers who are paid the worst and we are hired through outside companies. More than eighty-five thousand workers are hired through these outside companies, which is not the same as working for the corporation. It isn't the same because we earn a third of what the workers hired directly by the company earn, and we are all doing the same job."
12. Pan of miners' news conference
13. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Luis Castillo, National Federation of Mining, Metallurgy and Steel Workers Secretary General:
"The company has violated the law. They have violated the rights of the workers but the government does not say anything. They are simply talking, if the workers stop protesting and marching, who wins?"
FILE: Cajamarca, Peru - April 2006
14. Various of Yanacocha mine
Thousands of Peruvian miners began a nationwide strike on Monday, demanding higher wages and more benefits, the country's largest mining union said.
The government played down the strike as several of the country's most important mines - including Latin America's largest gold mine - continued to operate normally.
Labour Minister Susana Pinilla called the strike a "failure," and told CPN Radio that "the principal mining centres don't have a single worker on strike" as several dozen miners protested outside the General Confederation of Workers asking for a solution to their demands.
Many of the workers on strike are hired through external cooperatives which contract them to work for the mining corporations.
The nearly eighty-five thousand miners working for the cooperatives claim they are receiving lower wages and benefits than their colleagues hired directly by the corporation.
"It isn't the same because we earn a third of what the workers hired directly by the company earn, and we are all doing the same job," worker Pedro Cruz said.
The National Federation of Mining, Metallurgy and Steel Workers, which represents some 22,000 miners, said the strike was indefinite.
Luis Castillo, the union's secretary general, said workers will march through the capital, Lima, on Wednesday, after the May 1 Labour Day holiday.
"The company has violated the law. They have violated the rights of the workers but the government does not say anything. They are simply talking, if the workers stop protesting and marching, who wins?" Castillo said.
Workers walked off the job after talks between miners and the government collapsed on Sunday.
The workers are also demanding increased profit sharing and the unionisation of subcontracted workers.
A spokesman for Minera Yanacocha said that its workers have not joined the strike and that they were operating normally.
The company is Latin America's largest gold producer and majority owned by Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp.
But Guillermo Nina, a spokesman for Yanacocha's miners said they will analyse whether they will join the protest later this week.
Peru is the world's largest silver producer, and the fifth-largest gold producer.
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