UPDATE 2-Chile's Collahuasi copper mine to cut output, union eyes protest
(Adds comments from union)
By Fabian Cambero
SANTIAGO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Chile's second-biggest copper mine Collahuasi, owned by Anglo American Plc and Glencore Plc, is planning to cut output by 30,000 tonnes, and with dozens of jobs on the line the mine's union said it is mulling how it will protest the move.
"In line with the stabilization of its operations that has been implemented in recent years, and considering the complex market scenario for commodities worldwide, (the mine) is restructuring its operations," said Collahuasi in a statement on Tuesday.
Reductions would affect the leaching plant and associated activities and take some 30,000 tonnes of refined copper annually out of the market, the company said, without specifying a timetable for the cuts.
It added that there would also be job losses. The company did not state how many, but Collahuasi union leader Jose Vergara told Reuters that the company had told them around 110 jobs would go.
However, he said the union had calculated that the losses would be closer to 200 positions.
"At the moment we are consulting with lawyers to decide the best way of protesting this, bearing in mind the rights of our workers who haven't been affected," he said.
The planned cut represents just 7 percent of the mine's output last year of 470,000 tonnes. Continuación...