El Abra mine strike looms; SPCC walkout nixed

Nov 03, 2004 | 11:08 AM | Paul Harris

Unions at the El Abra copper mine in Chile have rejected a contract offer and have threatened to strike beginning Nov. 5.

Workers from the San Lorenzo mine and El Abra voted overwhelmingly to take action following a review of the "final" management offer issued Oct. 23.

Edwin Hidalgo, head of negotiations for Phoenix-based Phelps Dodge Corp., which holds a 51-percent stake in El Abra, said the offer is equivalent to an average 3.9-percent raise and will benefit most lower-paid workers, according to reports in local newspaper Mercurio de Calama.....

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