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Global miner BHP reached a preliminary deal with the supervisors’ union at its Escondida mine in Chile, avoiding a strike at the world’s largest copper deposit, the company announced.

In late September, the union’s members rejected a proposal from the company, prompting government mediation to avoid a work stoppage.

“It was agreed to extend the mediation for an additional day in order to finalise and sign a new collective bargaining agreement once it has been ratified by its members,” BHP said in a statement on Wednesday night.

“The company continues to operate normally,” it added.

In 2022, Escondida produced 1.05-million metric tons of copper