From: Reuters
Published December 25, 2007 01:32 PM

Chile's Escondida to appeal labor directive

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's Escondida, the world's largest copper mine, has appealed a government directive requiring it to hire hundreds of non-union workers on a permanent basis, the El Mercurio newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The labor directive published earlier this month orders Escondida, majority-owned by the world's largest diversified mining company BHP Billiton <BHP.AX>, to hire 767 sub-contract workers, which would mean millions of dollars in extra costs.

Chile's state-run Codelco, the world's largest copper miner and a state-owned company, also said this month it had appealed recommendations by the Labor Ministry that would force it to hire nearly 5,000 more workers.

(Reporting by Manuel Farias, writing by Pav Jordan, editing by Sandra Maler)


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