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Labor Organizations

Barrick respects our people’s rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

This includes the right of each individual person to join a union or other labor association. Approximately 26% of our people are represented by unions or collective bargaining associations in three countries. In addition, people are represented by unions at the Veladero and Porgera mines (which Barrick does not operate).

Good communication with our people is essential for effective management of our global organization. Our people can access our Company intranet—the Core—for daily and quarterly updates on Company affairs. During major changes to our operations, we keep our people informed through global webcasted town halls, targeted announcements, online information sessions, the Company intranet, and face-to-face meetings at sites and offices as necessary.  We engaged in more than 20 consultations with unions regarding organizational changes in Barrick in 2017. For those operations where there are collective bargaining agreements in place, we respect minimum notice periods regarding communicating operational changes as indicated in the agreement.

In 2017, we did not experience any work stoppages related to labor disputes longer than one week’s duration at any of our sites.

We strive to work closely with labor unions or collective bargaining associations to develop and manage effective labor relations programs. We consider activities and actions conducted by site safety and health committees to be essential to embedding a culture of safety within the Company. Therefore, all sites with union membership have safety topics in­cluded in labor agreements.

At Pueblo Viejo, an employee union is seeking a collective bargaining agreement and has requested mediation by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Labor for this purpose. Local management has challenged the representation of the employee union at the mediation on the basis that it has not yet achieved the legal standing required for collective bargaining under the Dominican Republic Labor Code. The mediation process has been temporarily suspended pending a court ruling on this matter.