SANTIAGO, Chile Copper
producer Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile
(Codelco) made contingency plans to cope with the one-day
national strike April 9, which the company said was
unjustified, president and chief executive officer Thomas
Keller Lippold told AMM.
"I am convinced there is no
reason to justify this action. Most of the arguments raised to
carry out the action are totally unrelated to Codelco," he said
in an interview in Santiago, noting that the company had
offered to meet with the unions but to no avail. "Clearly, the
motivations are somewhere else. There are industry-specific
issues, company-specific issues and, of course, we are in an
election year, which is usually fertile ground for demands to
be made by various sectors of unions."
unionized workers staged the one-day strike at the
companys operations during the Center for Copper and
Mining Studies annual Cesco Week in Santiago to reach
maximum publicity, market participants said.
Tensions at Chuquicamata, the
companys largest project, have increased, with unions
asking the company to replace outsourced workers with internal