August 14, 2018 / 4:53 AM / a year ago

Escondida union and BHP agree to extend labor talks, avert strike-union

LIMA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - The union at the world’s largest copper mine, BHP’s Escondida deposit in Chile, agreed to extend government-mediated talks with company management late on Monday, suspending its plans for a potential strike.

The union said it had managed to get past key sticking points in negotiations with BHP for a new labor contract, but added in a statement that there were still important points to be resolved.

Workers had approved a stoppage starting on Tuesday if the Anglo-Australian company did not improve its offer for a new contract after five days of negotiations led by the government.

Reporting By Antonio de la Jara; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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