SANTIAGO, March 23 The negotiation process
between BHP Billiton and striking workers at its
Escondida mine in Chile has ended unsuccessfully, Escondida mine
president Marcelo Castillo said on Thursday, and the company
will try to restart operations.
The company will also evaluate an option of the Chilean
labor code that would allow miners to work under the previous
contract for 18 months, if miners present the option, Castillo
said. He added that that option, known as Article 369, would
create a complex scenario for both parties.
(Reporting by Felipe Iturrieta; Writing by Gram Slattery;
Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)