500-plus workers axed at BHP's Escondida

Mar 21, 2013 | 11:59 AM |

Tags  Escondida mine, copper mine, workers dismissed, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, copper

SÃO PAULO — More than 500 contracted workers employed at the BHP Billiton-operated Escondida copper mine have been dismissed following demonstrations that took place earlier this month, according to information on Radio Universidad de Chile’s website.

Workers at the mine in the Antofagasta region of northern Chile had obstructed roads and blocked the mine’s main access route during wage protests that took place between Feb. 28 and March 3. ....

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