Codelco suspends Ministro Hales operations, protesters occupy mine
SANTIAGO Aug 3 (Reuters) - World no.1 copper miner Codelco said it had suspended operations at its Ministro Hales mine in northern Chile after the complex was seized by striking contract workers.
Contract workers affiliated with the Confederation of Copper Workers, or CTC, have been on strike since July 21 and have been occupying the smaller Salvador mine since last week.
Ministro Hales, the state-run producer's newest mine, had production of around 141,000 tonnes of copper last year. (Reporting by Rosalba O'Brien; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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