Chile: Workers demand guarantees as Codelco reports third Covid-19 death

Author: Reuters, Published on: 26 June 2020

"Chilean copper miner Codelco hit by third COVID-19 death", 24 de junio de 2020

...Chilean state miner Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, on Wednesday reported the death of a third worker who had contracted the new coronavirus.

The death will pile further pressure on the country`s economically key copper mining industry as unions seek greater protection for workers.

It was reported by Codelco in an internal statement sent to Chuquicamata division workers and shared with Reuters by the Copper Workers Federation (FTC), which groups the state’s miner’s unions...

The FTC told Reuters it had been told by Chuquicamata union leaders the man contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, at the division.

Codelco declined to comment on the contents of the memo, or the FTC’s claims...

Chile’s copper miners have maintained production with skeleton staff since the pandemic outbreak in March but have recently tightened health protocols amid growing pressure from unions...

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