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Worker at Cerrejon Coal Mine Vote to Strike

Coal News - Published on Wed, 18 Mar 2020

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The majority of members at two unions of BHP Group, Anglo American and Glencore owned Colombian coal miner Cerrejon voted in favor of a strike relating to a dispute over pay and benefits in the contract, which could cut the company’s coal production and sales. Sintracarbon union president Mr Igor Diaz told Reuters “With a vote strongly in favor of industrial action, the members of the biggest union have just declared a strike at Cerrejon. 98.8% of the 3,631 votes supported downing tools.”

While the start date for the strike has yet to be decided, rules mean the walk out can begin in 10 days.

Sintracarbon is demanding a pay rise of 7.8%, as well as additional health, education and accommodation benefits. The mining company offered a rise of 3.8% to match inflation in 2019.

The company exported 26.3 million tonnes of coal in 2019 and has 5,896 workers, of which 4,600 are union members. The last strike at Cerrejon was in Feb. 2013 and lasted 32 days.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 18 Mar 2020
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