Colombian workers end strike at Glencore mine

UNION workers in northern Colombia who hit the picket lines earlier this month over wages have resolved the dispute with Glencore’s Prodeco Group and returned to their jobs.
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Coal basins in Colombia, map courtesy of NAE.

Donna Schmidt

Sintramienergetica labor group president Raul Sosa told Bloomberg on Friday the miners the group represents had all returned to the Calenturitas operation. An unconfirmed number of individuals had called the strike on November 16.

Prodeco kept up on shipments during the strike by pulling from stockpile supply, Sosa told the outlet.

The resolution was not a moment too soon for the production strapped South American country as between strike activity and inclement weather, Colombia’s production has dropped.

Additionally, a fatality earlier this month halted mining at two of Drummond’s Colombian operations for a period of time, and a walkout at Prodeco’s La Jagua earlier this year trimmed output before workers returned to their posts in July.

Mines and energy minister Mauricio Cardenas told the news service late last week the Andean nation is projected to produce 85 million metric tonnes of coal in 2011, versus 74.4 million metric tonnes last year. The estimate is an improvement upon earlier outlooks set by trade group Large Scale Mining.

Prodeco used stockpiles to make shipments since protests halted output, Sosa said today by phone from northern Colombia. Calenturitas produces 4 million to 5 million tonnes of coal annually, according to Sosa.

Prodeco has production capacity of 14.5 million tonnes of coal at Calenturitas and La Jagua, according to its website. Sosa confirmed Calenturitas’ output at 4 to 5 million metric tonnes per annum.

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