LIMA, April 28 Workers at a zinc smelter in Peru
operated by a unit of Brazil's Votorantim Participacoes SA
called off a strike planned for next week after the
company agreed to settle most of their demands, a union leader
said on Friday.
The 350-member union earlier this week had announced the
planned work stoppage at the Cajamarquilla plant over demands
for better pay and working conditions. It was set to begin on
May 6 and would have been the union's first strike in 16 years.
"The company called us for a dialogue and agreed to solve
most of our claims, therefore the strike is suspended," union
leader Daniel Trejo told Reuters by telephone.
A representative of Votorantim Metais confirmed the
suspension of the strike by email.
The plant, located 12 miles (20 km) east of Lima,
last year refined some 340,000 tonnes of zinc.
Votorantim Metais also operates the Peruvian copper and zinc
producer Milpo which operates the Cerro Lindo mine, located
south of Lima.
(Reporting by Teresa Cespedes; Writing by Hugh Bronstein;
Editing by Tom Brown)