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Colombia coal workers to vote on strike

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Contract workers at Colombia's biggest coal mines will begin voting on Tuesday on whether to continue a four-week strike action, their employer said.

The vote has been organized by a faction within roughly 3,400 employees of contractor Dimantec who have been on strike since July 9 over pay, Oscar Palacios, Dimantec's sales manager, said.

But the impact of the strike has been minimal for Colombia's biggest coal miner, joint venture Cerrejon, because it employs only 56 Dimantec contract workers, a small portion of its own 1,300-strong maintenance workforce.

Source: Reuters