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Colombian coal mine Cerrejon's largest union votes for strike

BOGOTA, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The largest workers union for Colombian coal mine Cerrejon on Thursday voted in support of strike action after contract negotiations between the two parties collapsed, union Sintracarbon said.

Some 99% of votes were cast in favor of strike action, the union said, after extended talks over contract negotiations ended without agreement almost two weeks ago.

“After 8 days of voting and with a forceful 99.03% of votes in favor of a strike, the workers of Cerrejon have responded to the stingy attitude of the company, which has tried to diminish conventional benefits and impose the well-named Death Shift,” the union said in a statement on its website, referring to changes to working schedules. (Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta, Julia Symmes Cobb and Oliver Griffin; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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