Government calls copper mine strike illegal


An indefinite strike by laborers of Peru’s biggest copper mine, Antamina, has been branded illegal by the nation’s government. Those participating in the strike, which began November 10, represent more than half of the mine’s workforce and now the government is urging them to return to their labor duties, even issuing a decree.

On November 10, members of the union SUTRACOMASA complained of a loss in income, protesting for a greater share in Antamina profits, a mining company that produces “33% of Peru’s copper and 23% of its zinc” (Reuters).

On Thursday however the government issued a decree that gives the union three days to either appeal or return to work.

The company appeals to those who decided to be part of this industrial action to return to their jobs to avoid further damage to their salaries, Antamina said in a statement.

Striking members of the mine’s workforce and Antamina representatives have a difference of opinion about the strike’s affect upon copper and zinc output.Antamina mine laborers have been on strike since November 10