- Index hide1 According to the Mining Chamber of Mexico, there are currently just over 367 thousand mining employees.2 The mining-metallurgical sector in Mexico contributes 3.06 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).3 This sector in our country represents 9.62 percent of the industrial Gross Domestic Product (GDP).4 Miners trapped in Coahuila earn 10 thousand pesos a month
According to the Mining Chamber of Mexico, there are currently just over 367 thousand mining employees.
The mining-metallurgical sector in Mexico contributes 3.06 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
This sector in our country represents 9.62 percent of the industrial Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Mexico is considered one of the main producers of silver worldwide, in addition to holding one of the top 10 places as a world producer of at least 17 minerals, such as fluorite, celestite, wollastonite, zinc, salt, copper and gold. , in accordance with what was indicated by the national government; however, the recovery of these minerals is today a matter of national interest, due to various problems in the mining sectorsuch as the exploitation of the land at the hands of foreigners and the job insecurity that affects a large number of workers in the sector, in addition to the constant risk to which they are exposed, something demonstrated with the miners trapped in Coahuila, who earn approximately 10 thousand pesos a month.
The Mining Chamber of Mexico indicates that the mining-metallurgical sector in our country represents 9.62 percent of the industrial Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 3.06 percent of the National GDP; Likewise, the value of mining-metallurgical production in the country has gone from 281 thousand 515.9 million pesos in 2020 to 338 thousand 187.7 million pesos in 2021, a figure that represented an increase of 56 thousand 671.8 million pesos, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistic and Geography (INEGI).
Miners trapped in Coahuila earn 10 thousand pesos a month
As a result of what happened last August 3 inside a coal pit in Sabinas, Coahuilawhere a group of miners suffered an accident, trapping several workers, The issue of mining has been placed as part of the national agenda, where their employment situation has been placed as a relevant issue.
According to the Mining Chamber of Mexico, within the mining-metallurgical sector, the number of workers in the industry exceeded 367 thousand employees by the end of 2020, of which around 143 thousand were employed in the metal manufacturing sector. non-metallic mineral products, as indicated by the annual survey of the Fraser Institute, who placed in 2021 to Mexico as the sixth place as an investment destination in Latin America, and in the 34th place worldwide in the Investment Attraction Index.
However, despite the importance of the sector, data from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) point out that, at the end of 2021, only 399 thousand 366 direct jobs were registered in the branch, an increase of at least 7.56 percent (28,055 jobs) compared to those registered in 2020, although not in favorable working conditions.
Labor situation of miners in Mexico:
Given what happened in Coahuila, various doubts have been raised about the employment situation faced by these workers, as well as about their financial compensation, since according to the platform Dating Mexico, The average salary of a formalized miner is around 9,380 pesos per month, while one without a contract barely exceeds 5,500 pesos per month.. And it is that only approximately 77 percent of active workers within this sector are regulated, while the rest operate informally.
However, these are not the only estimates, although they are all close: portals such as My salary. org calculate the minimum and maximum salary of a miner and operators of mining facilities between 5 thousand 659 and 24 thousand 575 pesos per monthwhile glass doorfor example, points out that a miner hired under a formal scheme earns 11,014 pesos per month for working hours that can exceed 51 hours per week.
It is worth mentioning that mining is considered a high-risk job, since it can often be devastating, An example of this occurred in 2006 at the Pasta de Conchos mine in Coahuila, where 65 workers died in an accident and only two bodies were recovered, a situation that demonstrates the need for job improvements for workers and their families.
Job insecurity, in various sectors, puts citizens on alert, who are looking for more and better professional and income opportunities, so showing the need for improvements that protect dignity and personal safety allows the industry to set a starting point of action for the future of its operations.
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