Escondida strike looms as workers reject offer

A DEAL to avoid a strike at the BHP-controlled Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, appears distant after the union representing 2500 employees at the giant openpit operation rejected the mining firm’s first public offer since talks began.

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Escondida copper mine in Chile

Management and union officials have been locked in negotiations since last month with the aim of avoiding a repeat of the prolonged and bitter dispute which paralyzed the mine for seven weeks last