A labor union has voted to approve a strike at Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, positioned within the Atacama Desert, Chile, the place the miners are demanding higher work situations and advantages in the course of the pandemic.
The mine’s Union No 1 stated that 2,164 of its members, or 99,5% of those that had voted, had chosen to reject a remaining contract provide, and that it had authorized the strike.
“The resounding outcome as soon as towards demonstrates that… our ranks imagine that this provide doesn’t comprise any progress in direction of [addressing] the professional calls for of the employees,” the union stated, in an announcement late on Saturday.
It additionally stated the vote ought to grow to be a “decisive wake-up name” for the mine’s proprietor, the Australian-based mining big BHP Group, to start out “substantive talks.”
The Federation of Copper Employees (FTC), an umbrella union group, stated that miners didn’t cease contributing to the Chilean financial system in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic and are demanding “honest labor and human relations.”
Whereas the precise phrases of the provide weren’t launched, the union is demanding an extra bonus equal of 1% of dividends paid to the mine’s homeowners as a recognition of the sacrifices made by staff in the course of the pandemic, in response to Chilean media.
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BHP stated in an announcement to Reuters this week that its provide contained enhancements to the present work atmosphere, and new advantages, and was a results of conversations with staff.
After the vote, the corporate stated it stays dedicated to dialogue and reaching an settlement with the union at upcoming government-mediated talks.
Throughout the earlier labor dispute in 2017, miners at Escondida went on a strike for greater than 40 days, demanding higher contracts.
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