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Xstrata Chile Lomas Bayas Copper Workers Reach Contract Deal
Nov 7,2011 10:01CST
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Workers at Chilean copper mine Lomas Bayas, owned by diversified global miner Xstrata PLC (XTA.LN), signed a contract agreement which went into effect on Tuesday, the company said Friday.

SANTIAGO, Nov 04, 2011 (Dow Jones) -- Workers at Chilean copper mine Lomas Bayas, owned by diversified global miner Xstrata PLC (XTA.LN), signed a contract agreement which went into effect on Tuesday, the company said Friday.

The agreement, which was negotiated ahead of the legally-mandated schedule, was reached with 555 workers, averting the possibility of a strike.

Of the workers, 458 were members of a union whose contract was due to expire in April and the other 97 workers weren't unionized and had contracts expiring in December. They represent 54% of the mine's total workforce.

Last year, Lomas Bayas produced 71,800 metric tons of copper in the form of cathodes, or large sheets of 99.99% pure copper. Xstrata is evaluating a $1.6 billion investment to increase annual output to 140,000 tons.

 

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