Chile Teniente staff hold back from full return

SANTIAGO, June 10 (Reuters) – Full-time workers will not resume full staffing levels at El Teniente, the world’s No. 5 copper mine owned by Chile’s Codelco, union sources said on Friday, citing fresh violence by protesting contractors a day earlier.

State-owned Codelco [CODEL.UL] said on Thursday the mine was producing at 51 percent capacity. Recovery was gradual, after thousands of contract workers opted to abandon a sometimes violent walkout over wages at the 404,000 tonnes-a-year mine.

Codelco had hoped to resume normal output levels within days. It was not immediately clear how the decision of the full time workers — who stopped their own work because of protest violence — would impact output in the near-term.

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