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Strike Continues At Major Chilean Copper Mine

Metal News - Published on Mon, 24 Jun 2019

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Prensa Latina reported that unions at the giant Chuquicamata copper mine in northern Chile rejected the administration''s latest offer and continue a week-long strike. Although state owned Codelco had reported that it could no longer offer the strikers, on Tuesday it presented a new proposal that included monetary benefits and a salary adjustment of 1.2% to be paid in 36 months. However, in a massive assembly, the workers decided to reject that offer as well and called on the union leadership to 'look for new spaces for talks'.

In a press release, the strikers stated that the administration's proposal insists on not taking into account the four fundamental axes of the workers' demands and, therefore, they dismissed it.

In addition, they pointed out that Codelco claims to have delivered a serious and realistic proposal, but even offers benefits inferior to the offer that led them to make the strike effective.

Mr Alberto Muñoz, leader of one of the three unemployed unions, said the unions are open to talks with the administration, but it is clear that Codelco's leadership is lying to the country.

Meanwhile, in statements to Radio Nuevo Mundo, the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Chile, Lautaro Carmona, criticized that Codelco's directors insist on discrediting the unions, accusing them of having very high salaries, and does not seek to solve the problem.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 24 Jun 2019
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