Austral Gold Announces Settlement of Miners Strike at Guanaco/Amancaya
Sydney, Australia--(Newsfile Corp. - June 5, 2020) - Austral Gold Limited (ASX: AGD) (TSXV: AGLD) (the "Company") announces that the strike by Union No. 1 and No. 2 at Austral Gold's Chilean Guanaco/Amancaya mines has ended as the Company and both Unions representing 254 employees signed a three year collective labour agreement. The major terms of the settlement include an average increase in salary and benefits of 15% and a one-time bonus of approximately US$13,000 per employee. The total aggregate cost of the one-time bonus is approximately US$3.5 million.
Austral Gold's Chief Executive Officer, Stabro Kasaneva said: "This has been a difficult bargaining process and we settled on what we believe to be a fair agreement for the Company and for the employees of Union No. 1 and No. 2. We look forward to having the Guanaco/Amancaya mines restart operations next week and we believe there will be no material impact to our 2020 production guidance of 55,000-60,000 gold equivalent ounces."
About Austral Gold
Austral Gold Limited is a growing precious metals mining, development and exploration company building a portfolio of quality assets in Chile and Argentina. The Company's flagship Guanaco/Amancaya project in Chile is a gold and silver producing mine with further exploration upside. The company also holds the Casposo Mine (San Juan, Argentina), a ~26.46% interest in the Rawhide Mine (Nevada, USA) and an attractive portfolio of exploration projects including the Pingüino project in Santa Cruz, Argentina (100% interest) and the San Guillermo and Reprado projects near Amancaya (100% interest). With an experienced local technical team and highly regarded major shareholder, Austral's goal is to continue to strengthen its asset base through acquisition and discovery. Austral Gold Limited is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV: AGLD), and the Australian Securities Exchange. (ASX: AGD). For more information, please consult the company's website www.australgold.com.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Release approved by the Chief Executive Officer of Austral Gold, Stabro Kasaneva.
For additional information please contact:
Chief Financial Officer
Austral Gold Limited
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Austral Gold Limited
+61 (2) 9698 5414
Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical and consist primarily of projections - statements regarding future plans, expectations and developments. Words such as "expects", "intends", "plans", "may", "could", "potential", "should", "anticipates", "likely", "believes" and words of similar import tend to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include the restart of operations of Guanaco/Amancaya and that we believe there will be no material impact to our 2020 production guidance of 55,000-60,000 gold equivalent ounces. All of these forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied, including, without limitation, business integration risks; uncertainty of production, development plans and cost estimates, commodity price fluctuations; political or economic instability and regulatory changes; currency fluctuations, the state of the capital markets especially in light of the effects of the novel coronavirus, uncertainty in the measurement of mineral reserves and resource estimates, Austral's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and management, potential labour unrest, reclamation and closure requirements for mineral properties; unpredictable risks and hazards related to the development and operation of a mine or mineral property that are beyond the Company's control, the availability of capital to fund all of the Company's projects and other risks and uncertainties identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's continuous disclosure documents filed on the ASX and on SEDAR. You are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which may have been used. Austral cannot assure you that actual events, performance or results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements, and management's assumptions may prove to be incorrect. Austral's forward-looking statements reflect current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof and Austral does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's beliefs, expectations or opinions should change other than as required by applicable law. For the reasons set forth above, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
Austral Gold Limited ABN 30 075 860 472 ASX: AGD TSXV: AGLD
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