The union of staff at BHP Group Ltd’s Escondida copper mine in Chile, the world’s largest, stated on Saturday it had voted to reject the corporate’s closing labor contract supply, prompting BHP to request government-mediated talks in a last-ditch effort to stave off a strike.

The talks, as soon as confirmed by authorities, will final for five to 10 days, in accordance with Chilean labor regulation. If no settlement is reached, a strike would start.

The union stated in a press release late on Saturday that 99.5% of those that voted had rejected the ultimate contract supply and had accepted a strike, suggesting a nonetheless vast hole between BHP and its staff regardless of almost two months of talks.

Negotiations on the sprawling northern Chile copper mine have been performed in secret, leaving metals markets on edge. A chronic strike by the mine’s high staff’ union would additional constrict international provides of copper and ship already excessive costs even greater.

“We hope that this strong vote will be a decisive wake-up call for BHP to begin substantive talks…if it is to avoid an extensive conflict that could become the costliest in the country’s union history,” the union assertion stated.

BHP stated in a press release following the union vote that administration remained hopeful it may attain a take care of the union in the course of the upcoming government-mediated talks.

“The interest of the company is always in reaching agreements with its workers so we remain open to dialogue and to taking advantage of all opportunities available to it,” it stated.

The union stated in its assertion that negotiations had did not make progress on its major calls for, together with an improved system {of professional} improvement and performance-based compensation. Another key sticking level is a union request that its staff share in 1% of dividends paid to traders.

At Escondida, recollections stay contemporary of the historic 44-day stoppage in 2017 that jolted international copper markets and slowed Chile’s financial development.


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