Strike halts Vale’s phosphate production in Peru

15 June 2011 22:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS)--Production at Vale’s Bayovar phosphate mine in Peru has stopped because of a strike by local workers, Peruvian reports said on Wednesday.

Production at the mine controlled by the Brazilian miner and fertilizer producer was halted on 13 July amid workers’ protests.

According to reports, protestors complained that Vale has failed to hire the number of workers needed at the mine.    

Vale’s Operations Director Eduardo Sanchez Caro was quoted as saying that the company was unable to produce phosphate because the roads in the region had been blocked.

Vale’s Bayovar mine has a production capacity of 3.9m tonnes/year of phosphate, according to the company.

Vale did not offer comments about the mine.   

By: Hellen Berger
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