Labour rights

Kinross is a participant in the UN Global Compact and we recognize the four categories of labour principles and rights, expressed in the core ILO conventions that are considered fundamental to protect basic workers’ rights:

  • Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • The elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour;
  • The effective abolition of child labour; and
  • The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Our Code of Conduct and Business Ethics and our Supplier Standards of Conduct extend our commitment to labour rights to our suppliers.

At year-end 2013, 40% of our workforce was represented by a trade union or by collective bargaining agreements compared to 44% in 2012. Employees at Paracatu, Maricunga, Chirano and Tasiast are unionized, and a small union was organized at Kupol during 2012. Kinross’ employees in the United States and Canada are non-unionized. 

At Tasiast, we successfully negotiated the first collective agreement in 2012, which will be in place through to December 2015. In 2012, prior to the collective agreement negotiations, we experienced a four-day strike that was not compliant with the Mauritanian labour code. In August 2013, we also experienced a ten-day strike at Tasiast.

During 2013, we worked with the union at La Coipa to negotiate an agreement regarding the suspension of operations at the end of October 2013. In early 2014, we experienced a seven-day strike at Maricunga following the expiration of collective agreements with both unions. An agreement was reached that was fair to employees and the Company and recognizes the cost challenges at Maricunga and the current gold price environment. We also successfully renegotiated the collective agreement at Paracatu in 2012, putting in place the first two-year agreement at that site. This agreement was renegotiated in 2014.