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Striking union, BHP Billiton's Escondida mine to meet Monday

Striking workers at BHP Billiton's Escondida copper mine in Chile, the world's largest, said they will hold negotiations with the company on Monday, but the union imposed a condition that it will only discuss workers' three main demands. Union members have also given union leaders authority to walk away from negotiations and force a temporary, 18-month contract, as permitted under Chilean law, it said.

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