Hopes that the 33 trapped Chilean miners will be rescued earlier than expected were dealt a blow today as it was revealed that they have voted to go on strike.
‘The Chilean Mineworkers Union told us we shouldn’t stand for these working and living conditions,’ said one of the miners. ‘After all, I can’t remember anything in my contract about working for 65 days without a break.’
Following a hastily-run ballot, the miners agreed to take industrial action even though they are 600m underground. ‘We will not let anyone cross our picket line,’ shouted one of the miners defiantly via video link, before shouting ‘SCAB!’ in the general direction of the men who are trying to rescue them.
Hundreds of police officers are now thought to be digging another shaft to get to the striking miners in order to beat them with truncheons and riot shields.