Escondida Workers Describe 24 Hour Strike as a Warning
Workers at Chile’s Escondida mine, the biggest copper mine in the world, returned to work after a 24 hour strike, threatening to stop work again if demands are not met.
ANTOFAGASTA — While workers return to work after a 24 hour stoppage, union leaders claimed that further action could be taken if satisfactory responses were not made to demands for better working conditions as well as Fiscal Year bonuses.
Escondida, the largest copper mine in the world, is controlled by BHP Billiton, with Rio Tinto and JECO also holding shares in the mine. According to La Tercera, the union leaders will wait until Friday night for a resolution, with the threat of further action if their demands are not met.
The mine produced more than 1 million tonnes of copper in 2012. The mining giants have recently invested heavily into work for a desalination plant in the area.