Illegal Work Stoppage at El Cubo Lease Facilities
Vancouver, Canada -- October 9, 2012 - Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK, TSX: EDR, Frankfurt: EJD) announces that an illegal work stoppage is now underway that is currently blocking Company management and subsidiaries personnel from accessing certain facilities held under lease near the El Cubo mine located in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. To date, the blockade has been relatively peaceful.
Several non-union contract workers have blocked access to the Peregrina mine and the Las Torres mine, plant and administrative offices under lease to Compania Minera del Cubo, a subsidiary of Endeavour. No formal complaints have been made against Endeavour or its subsidiaries and no strike notice has been filed so the work stoppage is illegal. Endeavour has contacted the Mexican government authorities and taken all the legal steps necessary to declare the stoppage illegal and cease the blockade.
El Cubo mine operations have not been interrupted and union workers continue to produce and stockpile ore as usual. Endeavour's wholly owned El Cubo leach plant has been unaffected by the work stoppage thus far but will run out of concentrates from the Las Torres plant soon. The Las Torres mine and flotation plant are now shut down, and mining operations have ceased at the Peregrina mine until further notice.
The Company operates the Las Torres plant at the rate of 1000-1200 tonnes per day but the plant has a capacity of 1850 tonnes per day so the mill should be able to process any ore stockpiled as a result of the current work stoppage once it is re-opened. If resolved shortly, the work stoppage should not negatively impact Endeavour's production guidance for 2012.
Bradford Cooke, CEO and Director, commented, "We are surprised and disappointed that our non-union contract workers decided to take an illegal labour action without a single discussion with management. Endeavour's approach to, and record of, labour relations is one of respectful discussion and peaceful resolution, not aggressive disputes and illegal actions."
"My message to these workers is to immediately cease your illegal work stoppage and blockade of the Peregrina mine and Las Torres mine, plant and administrative offices, and return to work in a regular manner. If you have some labour complaints, we invite you to sit down with management and discuss them in a constructive manner."
ENDEAVOUR SILVER CORP.
/s/ "Bradford J. Cooke"
Chief Executive Officer
About Endeavour Silver Corp. - Endeavour Silver is a premier mid-tier silver mining company focused on the growth of its silver production, reserves and resources in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, Endeavour has posted seven consecutive years of growing silver production, reserves and resources. The organic expansion programs now underway at Endeavour's three operating silver mines in Mexico combined with its strategic acquisition and exploration programs should facilitate Endeavour's goal to become the next premier senior silver mining company.
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