Workers at Escondida, Chile’s largest copper mine, reject offer and approve strike

In 2017, Escondida workers staged a 44-day strike, the longest in the history of Chilean mining. The strike generated US$740 million in losses for the company and meant a contraction of about 1.3% of Chilean GDP.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The workers of Chile's Escondida mine, the largest copper mine in the world, approved to go on strike, rejecting by 99.5% the last offer of the company controlled by the multinational BHP.

Following the vote results that lasted until Saturday night, Union No. 1 reported in a statement that there were 2,164 votes in favor of starting the strike against 11 for accepting the employer's latest offer, after almost two months of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.

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