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Votorantim zinc smelter workers in Peru call off planned strike

LIMA, April 28 (Reuters) - Workers at a zinc smelter in Peru operated by a unit of Brazil’s Votorantim Participacoes SA called off a strike planned for next week after the company agreed to settle most of their demands, a union leader said on Friday.

The 350-member union earlier this week had announced the planned work stoppage at the Cajamarquilla plant over demands for better pay and working conditions. It was set to begin on May 6 and would have been the union’s first strike in 16 years.

“The company called us for a dialogue and agreed to solve most of our claims, therefore the strike is suspended,” union leader Daniel Trejo told Reuters by telephone.

A representative of Votorantim Metais confirmed the suspension of the strike by email.

The plant, located 12 miles (20 km) east of Lima, last year refined some 340,000 tonnes of zinc.

Votorantim Metais also operates the Peruvian copper and zinc producer Milpo which operates the Cerro Lindo mine, located south of Lima. (Reporting by Teresa Cespedes; Writing by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by Tom Brown)