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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

History : ASARCO on the island of Newfoundland

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"By 1928, it had constructed a mine and mill, bunkhouses and cottages for married workers, a mess hall, church, school, hospital and hydro-electric plant. The company controlled it all, including a ban on outside vendors and the use of a 37-kilometre railroad track to Millertown.

“You didn't get in unless you worked with the company; you didn't get out unless you had a company pass,” said Mr. Corbett, the mayor. “This was a company town for a long, long time. For years, if a miner passed away, his family was given two weeks to vacate.

Over time, fierce labour strikes were staged over living and working conditions – extra blankets in the bunk house and raises measured by nickels and dimes –"

1 comment:

Ramsey said...

Most Canadian reports on this describe ASARCO as having gone under but at least the American part of the company is active and was recently bought out by Grupo Mexico if I'm not mistaken. Was the operation in Newfoundland a subsidiary of the American company - if so we might be able to (at least in theory) assign some of the liability for this mess to Grupo Mexico.