Workers for Colombia's coal miner Prodeco and residents of the Cesar asked the company to resume operation from early-November.
Prodeco workers at Sintramienergetica union and Sintracarbon unio are now walking out on a strike.
Prodeco, which is located at Cesar province, with other two mines Calenturitas and La Jagua, are owned by Glencore. The two mines and related facilities have been idled since April this year for slumping coal prices hit by COVID-19 pandemic.
Glencore once filed the appeal for Prodeco resumption, but it was rejected for high operating cost. The mine was therefore under halt. Workers hope to boost regional economy by the reopening of the mine.
In 2019, Prodeco produced 15.6 million tonnes of coal. In Q1 2020, it produced 3.8 million tonnes.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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