Eldorado Gold Miners Descent to Athens Demanding Government Issue Permits

Workers from the Eldorado Gold mines in Chalkidiki, northern Greece, have announced that they will travel to Athens again, to demand that the government issues the necessary permits for the company to continue its operations.

The Canadian company has set a deadline, that expires on Thursday, for the Greek government to issue permits for the Skouries mine.  Otherwise, it has threatened to suspend all investments in Greece.

The union representing the miners has called a 48-hour strike demanding that the government stops dragging its feet and has called for a demonstration outside the Ministry of Environment and Energy on Thursday.

“We want to put an end to this saga because we want to keep our jobs”, said the chairman of the union, Christos Zafiroudas.

On September 13, protesting miners stormed the the Ministry of Environment and Energy, and clashed with the police.