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Codelco Chuquicamata copper mine's production halved due to strike

20 Jun 2019 16:33 reported by David Wu

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It was reported Corporación Nacional del Cobre (Codelco) announced on June 16th that the Chuquicamata copper mine, located in Northern Chile, had a production cut by 50% because of 3 unions' joint strike, but the firm planned to resume its capacity to 60%.

There were over 3,200 workers striking at the Chuquicamata copper mine on June 14th, which were from the members of 3 unions, accounting for 80% of the total employees, and the remaining 1,400 workers were still on work.

The strike was mainly due to a failed labor agreement. The unions were dissatisfied with the negotiation content proposed by Codelco, including an appropriate health care plan, fair treatment of workers and retirement benefits.

According to the statistics, the copper mine had a total production of around 84,000 tons in the first quarter of 2019, which ranked second of Codelco's total output at 340,000 tons.

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