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Colombian coal workers draft three-year pay deal

Friday, April 19, 2013

A coal union at Drummond's Colombian unit has finished drafting a three-year labour proposal and demanded workers get a monthly wage, improved safety conditions and better health benefits, a union leader said.

Luis Manuel Mendoza said the union will present the demands to the company before April 30 and that the parties could reach an agreement within 20 days.

Drummond is Colombia's second largest coal miner and last year produced 26-million tonnes, almost one-third of all the coal produced in the Andean country. A new contract would cover 4 980 workers in Colombia, Mendoza said.

Source: Mining Weekly