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Peru: Declaration of solidarity to the striking miners

Dear Colleagues,

We have heard of the courageous strike of the miners, steelworkers and metalworkers of Peru.
We support your struggle for the preservation of the right to strike and the expansion of workers' democratic rights and the important economic demands of the workers.

We commit ourselves to make this strike known in the continents and spread your struggle on our homepage worldwide, as well as to organize the solidarity.

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Chile: talks with union after 30 days strike

Santiago – Chile's Escondida copper mine, the largest in the world, has invited its union to resume talks as a first step towards ending a month-long strike, it said Friday.

The strike, which began February 9 and has lasted for 30 days, is the longest in Escondida's history. With stoppages also in place at other important copper mines worldwide, global copper prices have risen on tighter supply expectations.

"The company is insistent in its call to the union to restart talks, in order to arrive at a deal that will allow the strike to end as soon as possible," Escondida said in a statement late Friday.

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Peru: strike at Cerro Verde

Strike halts output at top Peru copper mine Cerro Verde – union
Lima – Workers at Peru's top copper mine, Freeport-McMoRan's Cerro Verde, started an indefinite strike on Friday that halted 95% of production of about 40 000 tonnes per month, the union said.

But a dispute over worker demands might be solved at a scheduled meeting between union officials and the mine's management on Monday, said Zenon Mujica, the secretary general of the union.

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