LIMA Jan 3 Workers at the main units of
Southern Copper in Peru will hold talks soon with the
global copper producer but say they could strike after January
15 if negotiations break down, union leader Ricardo Juarez said
Union members are pressing for a 15 percent wage increase as
well as better safety conditions and health benefits, Juarez
said, adding that Southern Copper so far has offered to raise
salaries no more than 5.5 percent.
The company had no immediate comment on Thursday.
Workers held a two-day strike December 25 and 26. The
government declared that strike illegal because the union lacked
the proper permits.
Union representatives will meet with the company Monday
January 7 for new talks and if an agreement is not reached they
will consider a new strike sometime after January 15, Juarez
Some 2,500 people work at Southern Copper's units in
Cuajone, Toquepala and Ilo.
Southern Copper, an affiliate of Grupo Mexico,
produced about 24 percent of Peru's copper production in 2011.
Peru is the world's leading copper exporter after Chile.