UPDATE 2-Talks over strike at Peru's top copper mine end with no deal

martes 4 de noviembre de 2014 16:24 GYT

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By Marco Aquino and Mitra Taj

LIMA Nov 4 (Reuters) - Workers at Peru's top copper mine, Antamina, affirmed their plan to go on strike indefinitely beginning on Monday after talks with management on Tuesday ended without an agreement, a union leader said.

No further negotiations with the company are planned to avert the strike, said Jorge Juarez, secretary general of the mine's labor union, SUTRACOMASA.

Unionized workers said they will put down their tools to demand a bonus as proceeds from a profit-sharing agreement dwindle on falling copper production.

The strike threatens copper production at Antamina, which has been running at about 30,000 tonnes per month.

"We haven't gone anywhere" with negotiations, Juarez said by telephone after the meeting with management. "The strike plan continues just as before."

Antamina renewed its calls for dialogue with union leaders following the failed talks.

"Finding a path to understanding, beyond demands that cannot be met, is now in their hands," Silvio Brigneti, Antamina's vice president for human resources and safety, said in an emailed statement.   Continuación...