LIMA Jan 24 Workers at the main units of
Southern Copper Corp in Peru will try to negotiate a
new wage plan with the miner for another 15 days and refrain
from going on strike for now, union leader Ricardo Juarez said
Workers, who held a two-day strike at the end of December,
are asking for a 14 percent wage increase as well as better
safety conditions and health benefits, Juarez said.
The company has offered a rise of 5.7 percent, he said.
A Southern Copper official declined immediate comment.
Some 2,500 people work at Southern Copper's units in
Cuajone, Toquepala and Ilo.
Southern Copper, an affiliate of Grupo Mexico,
accounted for about 24 percent of Peru's copper production in
Peru is the world's No. 2 copper exporter after Chile.