August 16, 2018 / 1:28 PM / in 4 months

Workers at Chile's Escondida mine say they favor contract offer

SANTIAGO, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The first workers to review a proposed labor pact at the world’s largest copper mine, Chile’s Escondida, are in favor of signing the new contract, union spokesman Carlos Allende said on Thursday.

“The contract has been worked out and presented to our grass roots members, who are totally satisfied by it,” Allende said.

The deal terms offered by mine operator BHP, still must be put to rank-and-file members of the union for a vote. Escondida management said on Wednesday that it struck a contract deal with most workers, which could signal labor peace after last year’s historic 44-day strike at the mine.

Also on Wednesday, the union had said it was putting a planned strike on hold. (Reporting by Antonio de la Jara, writing by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by David Gregorio)

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