LIMA, July 21 A strike planned to start on
Monday at Southern Copper's PCU.N(SPC.LM) Peruvian mine
Cuajone has been temporarily suspended pending mediation,
officials from the company and union said.
Southern, one of the world's largest copper producers, has
been hit by strikes this year in Peru as workers demand a
larger slice of the country's economic boom.
Union leaders had planned to go on strike again because the
company had threatened to fire about a dozen workers for
participating in recent walkouts.
But Roman More, head of the union at Cuajone, said the
strike slated for Monday was called off as the company agreed
to sit down with workers and the government for talks on
Tuesday. Unions from the company's Ilo smelter and Toquepala
mine were also expected to participate.
"We are going to meet on Tuesday to see if we can reach an
agreement about the firings. The meetings were requested by the
government," More said.
Alberto Giles, the company's human resources director, said
the strike plans were scrapped.
"In the case of Cuajone ... they suspended the strike
plan," he said. "With regards to Ilo, the strike was supposed
to start on Wednesday, but I don't think there will be a
strike. I think the strike will also be canceled at Ilo."
Cuajone, which produced some 148,939 tonnes of copper last
year, is Southern's biggest mine in Peru, the world's No. 2
High global metals prices have pushed workers to demand a
bigger slice of corporate profits by repeatedly going on strike
in the Andean country this year.
Workers at Shougang Hierro Peru (SHP.LM), an iron ore pit
owned by China's Shougang, entered the eighth day of a strike
on Monday, union leader Julio Ortiz said.
Raul Vera, the mine's general manager, said the strike was
affecting production, but did not say by how much. The mine
sold 7.7 million tonnes of iron ore last year.
(Reporting by Terry Wade, Marco Aquino, and Maria Luisa
Palomino; editing by Jim Marshall)