We have been working with the artisan and small scale miners of Remedios and Segovia in the development of a technical diagnosis regarding the productive, environmental, managerial and labor status of the mining organizations in the region. Over the past few months AMICHOCÓ developed surveys, interviews and field visits that allowed our team to meet the miners get to know local authorities and get an idea of the labor situation of the people of Antioquia.
Artisan and small scale miners in Antioquia have made great improvements in health and organizational safety but the contractual relationships and working conditions vary from mine to mine creating a very unstable environment for locals. Additionally, Colombia´s mining code prohibits women from entering and working in the mines, therefore, excluding them from the main productive activity of the region and forcing them to take up less paid and sometimes illegal jobs.
Furthermore, the presence of illegal groups in the area causes social unrest and there have been several killings in the past months. AMICHOCÓ will continue to work with local miners in the development of an action plan to bring 2 mining organizations into the FAIRTRADE/FAIRMINED scheme over the next 15 months.
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