The strike is to begin during the first work shift on Friday after workers expressed their dissatisfaction with a 1.2% salary rise and a one-time benefits package - worth around $20,000 - without an offer for medical expenses and pensions.
Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, has described the a “serious, responsible and realistic” offer as the best that it can make to avoid possible production disruption, given that supply of copper concentrates is tight this year.
This is not the first trouble that the world’s largest copper producer has met this year either. Earlier in June, the company’s largest copper mine El Teniente had to partially halt following a fatal accident on Sunday June 2.
The latest performance report showed that the company’s copper output reduced by 14.4% year on year to 500,700 tonnes in January-April 2019 from...