Peru Mine Strikes On Hold

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We reported the Peru mine worker strikes earlier this month, but it appears that the strikes are already coming to an end — without any immediate results. However, according to one article, “the government said it would re-examine miners’ pensions and its congress said it would reconsider a law limiting miners’ portion of shared profits to 8 percent.” These certainly aren’t promises, but the country’s largest mining union, the National Federation of Mining, Metallurgy and Steel Workers, suspended the strike after this announcement on July 7. Then again, the government also deemed the strike “illegal,” another move that could have moved worried workers back to the mines.

Workers  held the strikes for  shorter work days, improved benefits and retirement funds, and a lift on the caps that limited profit sharing. Although several key mines in the area were hit, the affects of this strike were few, as many companies used temporary workers.

Despite the canceled strikes, spokespeople at one mine, the Freeport-McMoRan copper mine in Peru, say that negotiations will continue between workers and the company. “Union officials previously said they would strike Wednesday if no agreement had been reached but that plan was suspended,” a writer shares about the Phoenix-based company, citing planned negotiations as the reason for the break. There has been no word about what these negotiations entail, but since Peru is the second largest exporter of copper, profit sharing likely plays a sizeable role in the negotiations. Until the problem is solved and workers can share a piece of the pie, labor unrest is more than likely to continue throughout the year.

–Amy Edwards

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