Continuing labour unrest at Southern
04 December 2017
The strike at Southern Copper Corporation moves into a second week, despite the fact that publicly both sides say they are willing to resolve the dispute. The media report that the company is calling for the Ministry of Labour to declare the strike illegal, while the unions are saying that the strike will continue indefinitely unless their demands are met. In the war of words between them, the company claims that the strike is supported by 25% of workers, while the union alleges it is speaking for some 70%. The strikers are still blocking the train line that takes copper to the smelter at Ilo.
Meanwhile, the mineworkers federation is holding meetings in various regions to assess the appetite for a further general mining strike in January, since the government has, it says, failed to meet its demands from the previous general strike last July. That strike was brought to an end by the government's commitment to forming a special commission to look into the workers' demands; this was supposed to last 30 days and to begin last August.