Glencore’s copper operations in Peru include Antapaccay, which started operations in 2012 (Tintaya mine ceased operations in 2013), and Antamina, which is operated by a joint venture company in which Glencore owns a 33.75% interest. Together these operations directly employ some 4,000 people.

At Glencore, we recognise that our people are fundamental to our success.   We are committed to treating all of our employees and contractors fairly and with respect.  As part of our commitment, we uphold the rights of all our workers to freedom of association, right to unionise and collective representation, regardless of their location or purpose.  We uphold the International Labour Organisation Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We are committed to working honestly and openly with labour unions at all of our operations and undertake negotiations in good faith.

We are active in upholding, protecting and promoting human rights and are committed to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  We support the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a framework for the responsibilities of governments and corporations to protect the rights of individuals and groups and ensure that redress is available if any of these rights are infringed.

Our Code of Conduct sets out the standards we expect all of our people to meet and everyone working for Glencore, regardless of the location or function, is expected to fully apply it to their workplace and responsibilities.  We have in place a robust grievance mechanism that allows our employees, contractors and stakeholders to immediately report any situations in which the Code or its underlying policies appear to be breached. 

At Antapaccay, we have been working with unionised workers for more than 17 years.  Currently there are three established unions and union membership represents approximately 50% of the work force at the operation.  We recognise that our relationship with the unions and its members is an important component to building a long-lasting business for Antapaccay.

Antapaccay works hard to maintain good working relationship with the unions representing its workforce. It currently has two valid collective agreements with two of the unions, and has always entered into collective bargaining discussions in good faith.  In May 2015, Antapaccay started its collective agreement negotiations with the Sindicato de Trabajadores Funcionarios de Compañia Minera Antapaccay (SITRAMINA).  In addition to representatives of the unions representing Antapaccay’s workforce, we are aware that an IndustriAll representative has participated in Antapaccay’s meetings with SITRAMINA, and was also present during a meeting on 24 July 2015 with Ministry of Labour in Peru.  As discussed at the Ministry of Labour meeting, the allegations against Antapaccay of unfair labour practices are unfounded.

In July 2015, Antamina’s management team began a bargaining process with one of its unions.

Both operations have entered into negotiations in good faith and will work in partnership with the participating unions, with the aim to reach a conclusion that reflects the needs of all stakeholders.