Dialogue on Large Copper Mining Strikes in Chile
15 de febrero de 2017, 18:57Santiago, Chile, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Until next weekend, the talks that must be held by the union and the employers of Escondida, the world''s largest private copper-producing mine, in Chile.
As stated by the labor union, the management of the Escondida mine, belonging to the Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton Company was the one that canceled the meeting due to scheduling problems.
Escondida mine, located at the northern Chilean region of Antofagasta, boasts the world's largest copper deposit; and its workers' strike recently skyrocketed the copper price on the international market.
Trade union leaders announced that today they would be meeting with Chilean Labor Ministers Alejandra Krauss and Mining Minister Aurora Williams, in the government's interest that such a strike would not continue affecting the national economy.
Escondida union spokesman Carlos Allende stressed that the union hold its grounds on its willingness to debate.
Over 2,500 miners are still on strike at the camp in the outskirts of the site, 3,100 meters above sea level at Atacama desert.
The company 'envisaged starting a new stage in this process, which must utterly draw away from all violence, blockades and threatening acts against miners and collaborators.'
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