August 6, 2018 / 6:31 PM / 11 days ago

Union at Chile's Escondida mine preparing strike contingency plan

Aug 6 (Reuters) - The union at BHP ‘s Escondida mine in Chile, the world’s biggest copper mine, said on Monday it was preparing a strike contingency plan as it awaited a definitive company response in a dispute over a new contract.

The union said in a statement that a company representative had declined an offer to clarify management’s position on several key aspects of its contract offer by 10:00 a.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Monday.

The union said that suggested the company had no intention of offering “minimum guarantees” and it would prepare for a strike in less than 24 hours. (Reporting by Antonio de la Jara and Aislinn Laing Editing by Paul Simao)

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