Workers at Candelaria reject new contract offer

Candelaria operation. (Image courtesy of Lundin Mining)

One of the unions on strike at Chile’s Candelaria copper mine, owned by Canada’s Lundin Mining Corp, rejected a contract offer from the company on Tuesday, confirming the work stoppage would continue.

The Candelaria Union rejected the proposal by a vote of 366 to 159, said union head Evelyn Walter.

The company submitted a new proposal last week in a bid to end the strike, which started on Oct. 20.

Another union representing workers at the facility, the Mine Union, went on strike 36 days ago. It rejected a new offer from the company in early November.

Candelaria produced 111,400 tons of copper in 2019.

(Reporting by Santiago bureau; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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