Unionized workers at Corporación Nacional del Cobre de
Chile (Codelco) have resolved to go on a 24-hour "surprise
stop" within the next 30 days to protest the companys
"inefficient and uncontrolled" practices.
The Chilean Copper Workers
Federation (FTC), which represents most of Codelcos
workers, made the decision after a meeting in the Chilean
capital of Santiago. The resolution was supported unanimously
by the 22 worker organizations that form the federation.
"The Congress of the Copper
Workers Federation resolves to initiate a mobilization
plan which will culminate within 30 days in a complete shutdown
of all of Codelcos Chile activities and suspend relations
with the administration of the company (due to the)
haughtiness, arrogance and blatant inefficiency of its
executives regarding the workers and the country," the FTC
The 24-hour "surprise stop"
could be extended to more days, depending on the companys
response, according to Chilean newspaper La
The FTC, which is demanding work
stability, has criticized outsourcing, calling it an
"inefficient and uncontrolled" practice.
Codelco declined to comment.
It is not the first time that
Santiago-based Codelco has faced protests from workers. Last
November, union workers blocked the entrance to the
Chuquicamata project, demanding job stability.
Codelco, the worlds
largest copper producer, last year reported its lowest output
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.