Supervisors of the Chilean mine Escondida and company extend dialogue in attempt to avoid strike

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Supervisors of the Chilean mine Escondida and company extend dialogue in attempt to avoid strike




File photo of workers in Escondida works in Chile


© Reuters / Ivan Alvarado
File photo of workers in Escondida works in Chile


SANTIAGO, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Supervisors at Chile’s Escondida mine and the company decided on Tuesday to extend negotiations on a new collective contract for another day, in an attempt by the parties to avoid a strike at the country’s largest copper deposit world, the union told Reuters.

Last Friday, the affiliates rejected by a large majority a proposal of the deposit controlled by BHP, which legally enabled them to initiate the stoppage, but they decided to continue discussing for the day on Tuesday. [L1N2H01Z0]

However, not being able to specify all the points, they resolved to continue talks on Wednesday, the union reported.

During the negotiations, the union complained that the company was seeking to lower the bargaining base and eliminate some benefits already earned.

Escondida produced 1.19 million tons of copper in 2019.

(Report by Fabián Andrés Cambero)

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