The workers’ union at Chile’s Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, submitted a series of lawsuits against the company’s management early on July 27 as a conflict over alleged violations of the collective labor agreement and a fiscal year bonus continued to escalate.
“The company is not willing to talk with workers regarding violations of the collective labour agreement and to negotiate the fiscal year bonus. As a result, we are taking this conflict to court to find a solution,” the secretary of workers’ union number 1, Marcelo Tapia, told BNamericas.
BHP Billiton owns 57.5% of the mine and Rio Tinto owns 30%.