BHP, Rio face strike in Chile

Staff walk off the job at Escondida, the world's largest copper mine.

Employees at a Chile copper mine owned by BHP Billiton (BHP) and Rio Tinto (RIO) have gone on strike for improved working conditions and pay, ABC News reports.

According to the publication, around 2,500 workers downed tools for a planned 24-hour protest, which their union has not ruled out extending.

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