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Strike hits Shougang mine in Peru

Workers at a Chinese-run mine in Peru began a strike, demanding better pay and working conditions, a union official said.

world Updated: Sep 29, 2009 13:23 IST

Workers at a Chinese-run mine in Peru began a strike on Monday, demanding better pay and working conditions, a union official said.

Miners at the Shougang steel facility 350 kilometers (220 miles) south of Lima said the Chinese state-run firm has not met demands by the Peruvian government to introduce a pay increase.

"The strike is total, indefinite and carried out by more than 1,000 workers," Rey Fernandez, a trade union leader told AFP.

Shougang took over the mine in 1993.