The striking workers at Freeport-McMoRan’s copper mine in the department of Arequipa finally accepted the company’s offer of improved family health benefits and an earlier date for the payment of their share of profits. The 1300 employees returned to work on 31 March after 18 days on strike, having failed to achieve their demand for an increased share of profits. A similar demand is now being made by workers at the Southern Peru’s mines, Toquepala and Cuajone, with an indefinite strike called for 10 April. The CEO of Southern, Oscar Gonzalez, interviewed in Santiago by Reuters, said that the company expected the Ministry of Labour to rule against the strike, which would enable the company to employ non-contract workers to keep production going. ‘The company would seek agreement through dialogue’.