SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) —
Chilean state-owned mining company Codelco has resumed shipments of copper
after a port strike blocked exports in the world’s top copper producing nation.
Chief Executive Officer Thomas Keller says
shipments will return to normal in about a month.
Port workers returned to work Saturday
after reaching a deal to end three weeks of strikes that halted exports of copper,
fruit and wood pulp.
The strike caused concerns because Chile
produces a third of the world’s copper and its solid economy is built around
exports of minerals.
Labor unions at Codelco and private mining
companies plan to announce a national strike for Tuesday.
Keller told foreign correspondents Monday
that he doesn’t expect increased labor unrest ahead of this year’s presidential
elections to affect copper output.
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