SANTIAGO, June 22 Union leaders early Wednesday blocked
roads to Codelco's giant Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile to demand the
state miner respects their collective contracts as it overhauls the
operation, unions and a company official told Reuters.
The blockage prevented early shift workers from entering the mine while
night shift workers continued to the operate the deposit that produces more
than 500,000 tonnes a year.
"If this (blockade) lasts for more hours it will start to hit
operations," said union leader Jaime Graz. "The company has to agree to
meet with us for our people to allow workers to enter."
(Reporting by Alonso Soto; Editing by John Picinich)