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Shougang Hierro Peru workers to strike August 18

BNamericas reported that workers at Shougang Hierro Peru, the country’s only iron ore producer, voted to strike August 18, the third time in the past year.

Mr Julio Ortiz the union’s deputy general secretary said that Hierro Peru miners, who staged a two day labor stoppage in June, are demanding PEN 10 daily wage increase, while the company is offering PEN 3. Workers are also demanding better working conditions including an ambulance, uniforms and lunch.

Mr Ortiz said that “We’ve been requesting better conditions for years, like there are in other mines. The company hasn’t even called us to resume negotiations.”

Workers, who have gone on strike every year for more than a decade after labor talks failed, staged a 30 day stoppage last September. Under Peruvian legislation, the labor ministry can set a wage increase if company and union officials are unable to reach an agreement.

Hierro Peru said that the company continues to be open to dialogue to reach an agreement between both parties without having to resort to this measure.

Source – Business News Americas

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