Strikes Take Place Across Chile Against Piñera

More than 15 ports went on strike across Chile against the presidency of Sebastian Piñera, alongside many workers in Antofagasta among other regions. The already-striking Barros Luco hospital staged a solidarity protest, marching to the Presidential Palace.

The Union of Port Workers of Chile announced that after its workers received a 10% pay cut for a 2nd time during the COVID pandemic, that it would go on strike and join the Paro Nacional.

Outside of the Ministry of Labor, members of the Workers’ United Center of Chile union demanded the ratification of ILO (International Labor Organization) Convention 190, affirming that:

…the Declaration of Philadelphia affirms that all human beings, irrespective of race, creed or sex, have the right to pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity…

C190 – Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) – International Labor Organization

The ports of Iquique and Punta Arenas went on a complete strike after a call from the Portworkers’ Union, with the area in complete paralysis, with all workers participating in the Paro.

Dockworkers went on strike in Valparaiso alongside port workers in the city, completely freezing operations there.

Dock and port workers in Antofagasta took to the streets in a complete strike, marching through the city as a part of the Paro Nacional.

Workers in the Santiago Urgent Medical Attention Services went on strike at the Alameda, protesting alongside the demonstrators.

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