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Labour unrest continued at the world's biggest mine, Chile's Escondida, on Wednesday. The mine, majority owned by BHP Billiton Ltd., refuses to budge as its copper miners continue to demand higher wages.

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Workers from Escondida copper mine march through the streets of Antofagasta, north of Santiago, July 25, 2011.

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Miners protest as they hold a strike in Antofagasta, some 1000 Km north of Santiago, on July 25, 2011. Miners at the world's largest copper mine Escondida, have asked the government to mediate as a strike largely over bonus pay went into its fourth day on Monday.

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Striking workers gather in the gym at the Escondida mine site in Antofagasta, north of Santiago, July 26, 2011. A five-day strike at Escondida, the world's biggest copper mine, looked set to drag on after the mine on Tuesday snubbed a government mediation bid.

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A striking worker waves a black flag in protest on a bus at the Escondida mine in Antofagasta, north of Santiago, July 26, 2011.

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A view Puerto Coloso in Antofagasta north of Santiago, July 25, 2011. Puerto Coloso, which usually ships copper ore, is not delivering because of the Escondida strike according to the terminal personnel.

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