Workers at Escondia Copper Mine in Chile to Strike
Workers at the world's biggest copper mine Chile's Escondida have approved a strike after rejecting the final contract offer proposed by multinational owners BHP. Following the results of a vote, the union reported in a statement that there were 2,164 votes in favor of starting the strike against 11 for accepting the employer's offer. Union and company leaders can initiate a final dialogue with government mediation within five to 10 days.
The workers are asking for a one-time bonus to recognize their work during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as education benefits for their children.
Escondida workers staged a 44 day strike in 2017, the longest in the history of Chilean mining. The strike caused USD 740 million in losses for the company.
The Escondida mine is located in the world's driest desert, the Atacama in northern Chile, at more than 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) in altitude.