Escondida workers end strike, decide to extend old wage contract

Striking workers at BHP Billiton’s Escondida copper mine in Chile will return to work on Saturday March 25, after deciding to invoke a legal provision to extend their old wage contract.

Escondida announced earlier on Thursday that it was putting an end to the negotiations between the company and workers, as the parties could not reach an agreement after 43 days of strike.
Following that, about 2,500 workers represented by Union No 1 had to decide whether to accept the company’s latest contract offer or not.

Yet the union said that it would not accept a reduction in benefits previously acquired by workers “regardless of the amount of the end-of-conflict...

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Danielle Assalve

March 24, 2017

00:59 GMT

São Paulo