Workers at Vale’s Brazil iron mine strike

Mine operating normally despite union action: Employer
||Last Updated: 02/24/2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — Workers at Vale’s Timbopeba iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, went on strike in the early hours of Feb. 24.

The employees were protesting the fact that Vale did not make payment of a profit sharing bonus for the first time in recent history, according to the local miners’ union.

The employees blocked the workers’ entrance at the mine for approximately two and a half hours. 

Vale reported the mine was operating normally despite the blockage.

“We think that this could influence other mines and other union representatives (to strike),” said Valerio Viera, the director of the union.

“Only a national strike will likely influence the decision of Vale.”

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