Shougang Peru workers say to strike Monday

July 12, 2008

July 12th (Reuters) – Workers plan to go on strike Monday at iron ore miner Shougang Hierro Peru (SHP.LM: Quote, Profile, Research), a union leader said Friday.

Workers were on strike at the mine last week as part of a nationwide mining walkout, and say they have unresolved complaints the Chinese company should address.


Julio Ortiz, a union leader, told Reuters the strike would start Monday morning at 8:00 local time (1300 GMT).


“It is for solution of the miners’ demands,” Ortiz said about the walkout, which is over benefits and wages.


Miners at Shougang lifted their strike last week after the government declared the nationwide walkout illegal, paving the way for companies to fire miners who did not return to work.


Dozens of protests have been held this year as Peruvians demand a bigger slice of the country’s six-year economic boom. Peru’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the world, though the poverty rate remains near 40 percent.


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