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Collapse of Dignity

The Story Of A Mining Tragedy And The Fight Against Greed And Corruption In Mexico

By Napoleón Gómez Urrutia

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In the early morning hours of February 19, 2006, a sudden blast shook a coal mine in northern Mexico, trapping sixty-five workers in a subterranean tunnel. Napoleón Gómez, head of the fiercely independent union that represented the workers, was appalled by what he found at the scene: labor department inspectors and the company operating the mine had ignored the egregiously hazardous state of the work site and were failing miserably at a rescue effort. Rather than focusing on saving lives, they were busy downplaying the company’s role in the collapse and selling false hope to the families camped out at the mouth of the mine. Less than a week after the explosion, Mexico’s labor secretary called off the rescue, leaving the lost men to their fates.

The senseless tragedy—stemming directly from an insatiable hunger for profits—set off a massive confrontation between the National Miners’ Union and the transnational corporations that wield great power in the country’s government. Over seven tumultuous years, Gómez waged a battle against Mexico’s corrupt politicians and voraciously greedy businessmen, insisting that the mine blast was an “industrial homicide” and that those responsible must be held accountable for it.

Told with candor and passion, Collapse of Dignity is Gómez’s account of the union’s fight, mounted in the face of traitors, armed aggression, death threats, and a political alliance extending all the way up to the presidential residence at Los Pinos. As he fends off absurdly complex legal charges, organizes the resistance from exile in Canada, and uncovers an anti-union conspiracy stretching back to years before the explosion, he only becomes more committed to fighting for the rights of Los Mineros—and by extension the workers of every country.

Gómez’s story is one of outrage, but also one of hope. Though Collapse of Dignity lays bare sickening injustice and inexcusable aggression against the Mexican working class, it is at its core a fervent call for a global workers’ movement that will represent the fundamental rights of every person who works for a living.

Format: Book
Author: Gómez Urrutia, Napoleón
Summary: The leader of Mexico's National Union of Miners and Metal Workers argues that the 2006 Pasta de Conchos mine explosion that killed sixty-five miners was industrial homicide and relates his struggle to bring the corrupt politicians and greedy businessmen to justice.
Title: Collapse of dignity : the story of a mining tragedy and the fight against greed and corruption in Mexico / Napoleón Gómez Urrutia.
Publisher Date: Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., c2013.
Subject: Gómez Urrutia, Napoleón. Sindicato Minero (Mexico) -- Officials and employees -- Biography. Sindicato Minero (Mexico) -- History. Coal miners -- Labor unions -- Mexico. Coal mine accidents -- Mexico -- Nueva Rosita. Mine explosions -- Mexico -- Nueva Rosita.
Isbn: 1939529220 9781939529220
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Format: Book
Author: Gómez Urrutia, Napoleón.
Summary: The leader of Mexico's National Union of Miners and Metal Workers argues that the 2006 Pasta de Conchos mine explosion that killed sixty-five miners was industrial homicide and relates his struggle to bring the corrupt politicians and greedy businessmen to justice.
Title: Collapse of dignity : the story of a mining tragedy and the fight against greed and corruption in Mexico / Napoleón Gómez Urrutia.
Publisher, Date: Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., c2013.
Description: xxiii, 344 p., plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Gómez Urrutia, Napoleón.
Subjects: Sindicato Minero (Mexico) -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Subjects: Sindicato Minero (Mexico) -- History.
Subjects: Coal miners -- Labor unions -- Mexico.
Subjects: Coal mine accidents -- Mexico -- Nueva Rosita.
Subjects: Mine explosions -- Mexico -- Nueva Rosita.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2013004348
ISBN: 1939529220
ISBN: 9781939529220
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 363.11962 Gom