Escondida trade union calls for coronavirus prevention at Chilean copper mine

Workers’ trade union No1 for Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, has demanded that main owner and operator BHP adopt preventive measures for its employees in light of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus pandemic, and could go as far as requesting government intervention or going to court.

“We call on workers’ organizations in general to demand that companies and the government prioritize health conditions and the lives of their workers,” the union said on Wednesday March 18. “Without these minimum conditions, we call on workers themselves to take the necessary collective measures.”

Escondida is located in the northern Chilean region of Antofagasta, and produced 1.19 million tonnes of copper content in 2019, according to national copper commission Cochilco. BHP holds 57.5% of the unit’s shares, Rio...

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Renato Rostás

March 18, 2020

20:30 GMT

São Paulo