Strike at Cerro Verde continues
19 March 2017
1,300 workers at Cerro Verde, Peru's biggest copper producer, went on strike on 10 March for five days for improved benefits and a larger share of profits. At first the impact on production was serious, estimated at 95%, but as the company (Freeport-McMoRan) brought in 300-400 non-unionised workers who do not normally work in production and other outsiders, production rose to around 50%. The strike has now been declared 'indefinite' and talks have broken down. As is customary, the Labour Ministry declared the strike ‘illegal’.
The strike adds to an international scenario of tension brought about by the month-long strike at BHP Billiton's La Escondida mine in Chile and a dispute over export rights at another Freeport mine in Indonesia.