Workers at two Antofagasta copper mines vote to strike after rejecting pay offer

Workers at Antofagasta’s Zaldivar and Centinela copper mines in Chile have successively voted to take industrial action after the negotiations for labor contract renewals failed, Fastmarkets understands.

Over 94% of union members at Centinela voted for a suspension if a usual 5-10 day mandatory government-led mediation does not go anywhere.
Last week, union member representatives at Antofagasta's Zaldivar mine voted to strike on July 15, pending government-led mediation.
In July 2017, a 36-month long labor contract between Antofagasta-operated Zaldívar copper mine and its workers was reached with the expiration date on July 20, 2020.
The deal was reached during the second round of government-mediated talks between the parties and put an end to a strike threat at the mine.

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Anna Xu

July 14, 2020

12:36 GMT