Peruvian mine workers returned to work on Oct. 21 after a 48-hour mining strike to pressure Congress to pass two bills that would improve labor benefits, the national association of mining unions said. Miners want the government to lower the age for retirement and lift caps on profit-sharing. Congressional staffers said the bills may be put to a floor vote on Oct. 22. The walkout was held as minerals prices have gained ground, and mining companies are expected to post higher third-quarter profits after a tough first half of the year. The national federation of mining unions has said it will plan an indefinite strike if it does not get what it wants. (Reuters)

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