Collapse of Dignity: The Story of a Mining Tragedy and the Fight Against Greed and Corruption in Mexico

Collapse of Dignity: The Story of a Mining Tragedy and the Fight Against Greed and Corruption in Mexico

by Napoleon Gomez
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Collapse of Dignity: The Story of a Mining Tragedy and the Fight Against Greed and Corruption in Mexico by Napoleon Gomez

#4 Book on The New York Times Monthly Business Bestseller List
#9 Book on The New York Times Monthly Political Bestseller List
#9 Book on The New York Times Weekly Nonfiction Bestseller List
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939529268
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Napoleón Gómez Urrutia’s struggle for union democracy and for the respect and dignity of workers is well known worldwide. He has served as general secretary of the National Mining and Metal Workers Union since his unanimous election in 2002, and was reelected unanimously for a new six-year term in 2008 in addition to being elected president of the union in 2012. An Oxford-educated economist, Gomez also graduated with honors from the Department of Economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. For twelve years, he served as director of the Mexican Mint and is the only Mexican to serve as international president of the Mint Directors Conference, a position he held for two years.

Gomez was the 2011 recipient of the AFL-CIO’s prestigious International Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award, and in the same year, he was nominated for the Edelstam Prize and the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights. He is also a member of the executive committee of IndustriALL Global Union, the world’s most powerful union organization. He works closely with leaders of unions around the world, including the United Steelworkers Union of North America.

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desitheblonde More than 1 year ago
) I received the book for a review i have not heard of the book or the things that went on in the book . I am from family of miner who had grand father and uncles and cousin who were in the mine of Wva. This book is great book to read and then it was about the mine in Mexico and how they work and survive with all that is going around them . The mine were corrupt and then come in the union and then they hope for the best and then they get some changes The crooks in the book are upper class and they think the mine are safe but when the accident happen they blame other but the one who stayed there was fired he was the general seccatary. I am going to help them and then they want more and need help but is the bad guys going to leave i doubt it you have corruption and they want more money for them self and then not hlep i in joyed the book a lot and then the cover is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Napoleon Gomez writes in part biography and in part manifesto about the corruption in mining. It provides an interesting take on what greed can do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great story about a hero that fights every single day for human rights, it is a story about passion and love for the workers,  It will take you to discover the real world we live in and how can power and greed can make people commit horrible crimes!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real live story of a man that is currently fighting for better wages for human beings everywhere in the world.