Saturday, November 6th 2010 - 07:48 UTC

Chilean miners from world famous pit protest to demand wages

A protest to demand the wages of more than 300 employees at the San José mine took place Friday morning in Copiapó northern Chile.

The mine in conflict is where the 33 miners were rescued after 70 days trapped underground

The mine is where the 33 miners were rescued from last month after being trapped underground for 70 days. It was shut down after the Aug. 5 collapse that trapped the miners, putting hundreds of employees out of work.

The owners of the San Esteban Primera company, which owns the mine, have filed for bankruptcy and have not paid the workers their salaries since the collapse. Nor have they paid the severance pay that is part of the workers’ contracts.

The government promised to help the employees find new work, but Javier Castillo, president of the Central Workers Union of Copiapó, told The Santiago Times that the government had promised the workers more than it was actually offering.

The government has given some of the employees’ job training but hundreds of workers remain unemployed.

Also, the employees are unable to find new work at other companies until their contract with San Esteban is officially terminated.

By Kara Frantzich – Santiago Times

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1 Cadfael (#) Nov 07th, 2010 - 10:44 am Report abuse
The Government should take over this mine and run it properly.
Or, give it to the minersto run as a co-op, that way, they make their own wages and are fully employed.
2 xbarilox (#) Nov 07th, 2010 - 05:05 pm Report abuse
Poor people, still struggling with poverty, while President Piñera joyfully travels the world.

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