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Largest copper producer in world Chuquicamata enters into general strike

Staff Writer | July 31, 2018
The Chilean copper mine Chuquicamata, of the state-owned company Codelco, entered into general strike today with "division taken, roads cut", in protest of dismissals.
LatAm   Codelco is the largest copper producer in the world
The cessation of duties of two operators was the last straw in the second most important copper mine in the southern country, after several days of tensions over readjustments plans of Codelco.

Thus, the unions 1,2,3 of Chuquicamata, along with the union one of Antofagasta, in the north of Chile, paralyzed their work this Monday.

'All the instances were exhausted to obtain a participatory dialogue', stressed the workers who blocked access to the site with incendiary barricades.

Several television channels showed images of the strike that currently has no days scheduled.

Codelco is the largest copper producer in the world and a strike is not the best news, when the price of metal fell in the international market.

Precisely Chuquicamata produced 331,000 tons of copper in 2017.

The unions warned that Codelco's plan is to eliminate 1,700 jobs. However, at the moment the state company did not make statements about it.