TIMELINE-Chile’s major mining strikes in past 20 years

Nov 4 (BestGrowthStock) – Wage talks have failed at Chile’s giant
Collahuasi copper mine have failed and union workers declared
they will start strike action on Friday. Following is a
timeline of major mining strikes and protests over the last 20
years in Chile, the world’s top copper producer.

Aug 1991 – More than 9,500 miners at state-run Codelco’s El
Teniente copper mine staged a strike for nearly a month,
halting production and costing the company $450,000 a day. That
same year workers at Chuquicamata, at that time the world’s
largest copper mine, downed tools for two weeks.

Feb 1995 – State-owned Ventanas copper refinery’s 1,200
workers walked off the job over a wage dispute that forced the
government to buy copper cathodes in the spot market to ensure

May 1996 – Miners at Codelco’s giant Chuquicamata open pit
ended an eight-day strike on May 12.

April 2003 – Employees at the Candelaria copper mine agreed
to end a 16-day strike after accepting the company’s offer on
wages and benefits.

Dec 2003 – An 11-day strike at Codelco’s Andina copper mine
over wage and production-related bonuses pushed world copper
prices higher.

Aug/Sept 2006 – The world’s largest copper mine, Escondida,
headed toward full production after a prolonged strike by 2,052
workers forced it to declare force majeure. The 25-day strike
hampered production and lifted world copper prices.

June/July 2007 – Codelco signed a deal to provide 14,000
subcontracted workers with better bonuses and benefits after a
sometimes-violent strike hit the El Teniente, Salvador and
Andina mines. Contract workers threatened to spread protests to
private companies, but the action did not materialize.

July 2007- A four-day strike by workers at Collahuasi
Copper mine lifted world copper prices.

Oct/Nov 2009 – Union workers at BHP Billion’s (BHP.AX: )
(BLT.L: ) Spence copper mine lifted a 42-day strike that
generated output losses of 500 tonnes of copper per day. The
mine expects to return to normal output levels in January.

Dec 10, 2009 – Union workers blocked access to Chuquicamata
copper mine complex for one day over wage disagreements,
halting output and costing state miner Codelco 1,820 tonnes of
copper production.

Jan 2010 – Chuquicamata workers went on strike for a day,
causing little damage the company’s overall output target but
lifting copper prices on fears of a prolonged supply

May 2010 – Subcontractors or temporary workers blocked
access road to Collahuasi, hurting operations and forcing the
company to briefly declare force majeure.

Oct 2010 – All but seven of the Collahuasi union’s 1,551
members late on Oct. 27 reject a wage offer to demand mine
owners Xstrata (XTA.L: ) and Anglo American (AAL.L: ) pay a bigger
slice of record profits to workers. Government mediation

Nov 2010 – Wage talks fail and Collahuasi union workers
announce they will start a strike on the morning of Nov. 5.
(Writing by Alonso Soto and David Cutler, London Editorial
Reference Unit. Editing by Simon Gardner and David Gregorio)

TIMELINE-Chile’s major mining strikes in past 20 years