Copper mine workers in Chile are expected to avoid a strike by voting today to accept Codelco's latest offer
Workers at the Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile, one of the world’s largest, are expected to avoid a strike by voting today in favor of a wage offer from state-owned Codelco.
Union leaders say tense negotiations resulted in an offer that will prevent the threatened strike at the mine, which reportedly produces about 4% of the copper used in the world.
Miners have sought more benefits and threatened strikes as the government, despite economic difficulties worldwide, has benefited from rising copper prices.
Victor Galleguillos, a union leader, told Radio Cooperativa: “They [the miners] will vote with their conscience and will accept this offer.”
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