SANTIAGO, April 8 Unions representing workers at
Chilean state copper producer Codelco and mining
companies including BHP Billiton said they will
announce a planned nationwide strike on Monday.
The announcement will be made at 11AM local time (2PM GMT).
The Federation of Copper Workers umbrella union group, which
represents the world's top copper producer Codelco, had said on
March 15 it would stage a stoppage within 30 days to demand
greater job security.
The union umbrella group representing workers at private
miners, including BHP-run world No.1 copper mine Escondida,
Anglo American, Antofagasta Minerals and world
No.3 copper mine Collahuasi are now also planning labor action.
The announcement comes amid a climate of heightened labor
tensions in Chile, which some link to the November presidential
election. At stake is a third of the world's copper output.
State-owned Codelco, which owns around 11 percent of the
world's copper reserves, is looking to increase its output to
around 1.7 million tonnes this year but is facing renewed labour
unrest, skidding ore grades and accidents.
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