Workers strike at Codelco’s Chuquicamata copper mine

Dec 09, 2009 | 12:03 PM |

Workers at Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile's (Codelco's) Chuquicamata copper mine, part of its Norte division, downed tools Wednesday in protest against a low wage offer made by the company as part of a two-year collective contract review.

Three out of the five unions representing Codelco Norte's 7,000-strong work force asked for a 7.5-percent salary increase but last week the company offered to raise salaries by only 1 percent, according to Pedro Marín, president of Chile's mining workers federation.....

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