UPDATE: Workers at Chile’s Escondida copper mine stage 24-hour stoppage against job cuts

Escondida copper mine has laid off about 120 workers following a review of its operations, a decision that has been strongly criticized by its main trade union and could complicate next year’s labor negotiations.

Unionized workers began a 24-hour stoppage earlier on Thursday November 23 in protest against the cuts, an action that has resulted in “the total suspension” of the mine’s operations, Union No. 1 said.
The stoppage will continue until Friday 8am local time, the union added.
BHP, which operates the Chilean miner, had not responded to a request for comment at the time of this update.

Earlier, though, the company had confirmed the worker cuts and...

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Danielle Assalve

November 23, 2017

16:34 GMT

São Paulo