Codelco unions willing strike after worried Chile smelter shuttered – Reuters Canada


A search displays Codelco’s Ventanas copper smelter, in Ventanas, Chile June 14, 2022. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

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SANTIAGO, June 18 (Reuters) – Group of workers at Chilean speak-owned miner Codelco, the field’s greatest copper producer, talked about on Saturday they are going to initiate preparations for a nationwide strike after the firm introduced the closure of the worried Ventanas smelter.

Unions had threatened to strike for the previous week if the Codelco board did not make investments to upgrade the flexibility after an environmental incident sickened dozens of of us. On Friday the firm in its put selected to shut it down. be taught more

The Federation of Copper Group of workers (FTC), which groups Codelco’s unions, talked about it regretted that the firm had “assumed outlandish responsibility for the environmental episodes within the Puchuncaví and Quintero space” in an industrial coastal put.

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“In accordance to the settlement adopted with the enhance of our union bases, we are in a position to initiate as much as prepare from this minute the nationwide strike in all Codelco divisions,” the FTC talked about in an announcement, without giving more exiguous print.

“Our action will continue as lengthy as the executive and the Codelco Board of Directors explain on the closure of Ventanas and do not inexperienced mild the sources to allow the Codelco smelters to continue as aggressive and sustainable devices.”

Codelco stopped work at the Ventanas smelter and refinery earlier in June to attain repairs after authorities declared an environmental emergency within the put. be taught more

The closure will require the modification of a law that obliges Codelco to smelt minerals from the moreover speak-owned Enami, coming from exiguous and medium-sized mining, exclusively in Ventanas.

Environmental activists like lengthy known as Quintero and its setting an environmental “sacrifice zone” due to successive episodes of pollution which like caused public health emergencies. Town is saturated with industries that moreover comprise the speak oil firm ENAP and chemical plant life.

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Reporting by Natalia Ramos; Modifying by Daniel Wallis

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