Chile's Escondida Copper Mine Hit by Surprise Strike

Workers began a surprise strike at the world’s largest copper mine, Chile’s Escondida, on Wednesday morning to demand improved working conditions and pay.
The work stoppage at Escondida, controlled by global miner BHP Billiton, was initially planned to last 24 hours, but the timeframe will be evaluated in the coming hours, union representative Marcelo Tapia told Reuters.
“[All operations] have been halted,” said Tapia, adding the union’s 2,500 workers had …

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