Chilean copper miner Antofagasta and a union representing workers at its Centinela mine began a government mediation process on December 5 to avoid a potential strike, reported Reuters.
Last month, the workers union, which represents nearly 400 employees, overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal from Antofagasta, causing the miner to request mediation from the Chilean government.
The mediation process will last for five days, noted the news agency, but can be extended another five if both parties agree.
The union is seeking to better production-linked bonuses and improved working conditions.
In 2022, Centinela produced 247,600 metric tons of copper, according to data from the state agency Cochilco.