Workers end strike at world's biggest copper mine: lawyer

 

Workers at the world's largest copper mine, BHP Billiton (NYSE: BBL - news) 's Escondida in Chile (Stuttgart: 704599.SG - news) , ended a lengthy strike Thursday, invoking a law that allows them to keep their old contract for 18 months, their lawyer said.

The miners will return to work Saturday (Shenzhen: 002291.SZ - news) after invoking an article of Chilean labor law that allows them to push back contract negotiations by another year and a half, said union lawyer Marco Lopez

The end of the 43-day strike, which had caused turbulence on world copper markets, came on the day it broke the record for the longest mining strike in copper-rich Chile's history.

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