February 9, 2017 / 10:54 AM / 7 months ago

Workers walk off at Escondida copper mine in Chile

ANTOFAGASTA, Chile, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Workers at BHP Billiton’s Escondida copper mine in Chile walked off the job on Thursday morning with buses sent to replace the night shift arriving empty, a union spokesman told Reuters.

A planned strike at Escondida will “officially” start at 8 a.m. local time (1100 GMT), said mine spokesman Carlos Allendes. BHP has said the mine will not produce copper during the strike. (Reporting by Fabian Cambero & Anthony Esposito; writing by Gram Slattery; editing by Jason Neely)

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