Un syndicat a voté pour approuver une grève à Escondida, la plus grande mine de cuivre au monde, située dans le désert d'Atacama, au Chili, où les mineurs exigent de meilleures conditions de travail et de meilleurs avantages sociaux pendant la pandémie. </p><div><p>Le syndicat n°1 de la mine a déclaré que 2 164 de ses membres, soit 99,5% de ceux qui avaient voté, avaient choisi de rejeter une offre de contrat définitive et qu'il avait approuvé la grève.
“The resounding result once against shows that … our ranks believe that this offer contains no progress towards [addressing] the legitimate demands of workers ”, the union said in a statement on Saturday evening.
He also said the vote should become a “Decisive awakening” for the owner of the mine, the Australian mining giant BHP Group, “Substantive discussions”.
The Copper Workers Federation (FTC), an umbrella labor group, said miners have not stopped contributing to the Chilean economy during the Covid-19 pandemic and are demanding “Fair labor and human relations”.
Although the exact terms of the offer were not disclosed, the union is demanding an additional bonus equivalent to 1% of dividends paid to mine owners in recognition of the sacrifices made by workers during the pandemic, according to Chilean media. .
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BHP said in a statement to Reuters this week that its offer contained improvements to the current working environment and new benefits, and was the result of conversations with workers.
After the vote, the company said it remained committed to dialogue and reaching a deal with the union in the upcoming government-led negotiations.
In the previous labor dispute in 2017, miners in Escondida went on strike for more than 40 days, demanding better contracts.
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