Colombia coal mine Cerrejon requests arbitration to end strike

Colombian coal mine Cerrejon on Friday requested the Labor Ministry convene an arbitration tribunal to solve a dispute with its largest workers' union and lift a more than 70-day strike.

The strike began on August 31 after Cerrejon and union Sintracarbon were unable to reach agreements over pay rises, as well as health, education and living benefits for workers.

A decision by Cerrejon, which is owned equally by mining heavyweights BHP Group, Anglo American and Glencore, to bring in a new work shift which Sintracarbon has labeled "the shift of death" has become the main sticking point in negotiations.