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Escondida supervisers agree on labour deal, strike threat averted

The union of supervisers at BHP's Escondida mine in Chile on Friday said it had reached an agreement on a labour deal, averting the threat of a strike at the world´s largest copper deposit. The new contract with the mine operator was approved in a 58% to 41% vote by the union´s members. Supervisers at the sprawling Escondida mine last week rejected BHP's final offer in contract negotiations, but talks nonetheless continued through this week ahead of the agreement.

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