Workers at Skouries mine file suit against Envirnoment minister

Unions of workers at the Skouries gold mine in northern Greece filed a suit on Thursday against Environment Minister George Stathakis for delaying the signing of an equipment licence with Hellas Gold mining company, which has led Canadian parent company Eldorado Gold to suspend operations at the site.

Earlier in the day, Eldorado Gold announced it was suspending operations at Skouries over the government’s failure to approve an extension to the expired licence, and said it had filed three lawsuits with Greece’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, to protect itself. The licence requested relates to electromechanical equipment installation.

Unions filing the workers’ suit include the Labor Center of Halkidiki, the professional organisation of staff at Aktor ATE-Hellas Gold, and the union of miners at the Kassandra mines in Halkidiki peninsula.