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Labor Relations

Barrick respects employees’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

This includes the right of each individual employee to join a union or other labor association. We have a number of sites around the world where our employees are members of labor unions or collective bargaining associations.


We work closely with labor unions and collective bargaining associations to develop and manage effective labor relations programs. Sites with union membership have safety and health topics included in labor agreements. Activities and actions conducted by site safety and health committees are essential to embedding a culture of safety within the Company.

36% of our Barrick employees are represented by unions or collective bargaining agreements


  • In 2016, employees in four countries were covered by collective bargaining agreements. This represents approximately 36% of Barrick employees.
  • In 2016, we did not experience any work stoppages related to labor disputes longer than one week’s duration at any of our sites.
  • 100% of agreements with unions cover safety and health topics.
  • We engaged in ten consultations with unions regarding organizational changes in Barrick in 2016.
  • 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. Unfortunately, there have been disruptive actions during this process, which have led to disciplinary actions and terminations. Pueblo Viejo continues to support its employees’ right to freedom of association under Dominican Republic law.


Good communication with our employees is essential for effective management of our global organization. Our employees can access our Company intranet – the Core – for daily and quarterly updates on Company affairs. During major changes to our operations, we keep our employees 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. 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. We believe that keeping the lines of communication open between management and labor is the most effective way to have an engaged workforce and to avoid a work stoppage.