After rejecting the company's final wage offer and invoking a rarely used legal provision to extend their old contract until next year, workers at BHP Billiton’s Escondida copper mine returned to work
in late March.
“Escondida’s workers did not get a bonus, did not have a pay rise; they just postponed the negotiations for 18 months in the hope that they will get a better deal,” Cochilco’s vp Sergio Hernández told Metal Bulletin during Cesco Week in Santiago, Chile.
“But this result is not good, not for the workers nor for the company,” he added.
The contrast between the negative consequences of what happened at Escondida and the “very positive” early wage deal
concluded by Codelco with Chuquicamata’s workers will pave the way for better negotiations in the months to come, according to Hernández.
“[The examples of] Codelco and Escondida ensure that the next collective negotiations...