SANTIAGO, July 26 (Reuters) - Labor contract negotiations at
Chile's Escondida mine, the world's largest copper deposit,
entered into a critical phase on Monday with the delivery of a
final offer by operator BHP, according to an internal
memo sent by the company to workers and seen by Reuters.
BHP told workers its offer "improves on the current contract
and incorporates new benefits in areas highly-valued by
workers." The union must put the offer to more than 2,300
members in a vote in the coming days.
(Reporting by Fabian Cambero; Writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing
by Sandra Maler)