Chilean Customs Agency Ends Strike

The indefinite strike held by workers of the National Customs Service (ANFACH)) that began May 20th, finally ended and the customs service of the Santiago International Airport resumed its activities, according to local officials.

The agreement that ended the strike was reached after a meeting of representatives of the Customs Service with Deputy Finance Secretary Alejandro Micco.

Marcelo Reyes, leader of the ANFACH, described the agreement as “historic”. He said they managed to obtain a plant increase of 50 per cent so that all the hired staff who had a precarious position have now become part of that plant, Aqua reported.

The parties agreed to gradually increase the Customs plant from 1,665 to 2,300 workers by 2018

The conflict between the workers grouped in the National Association of Customs Officers (ANFACH) and the Government lasted nine days, with the balance of huge losses in the importing and exporting sector.

The nationwide strike put Chile’s 17 regional customs offices partially out of service, causing long lines at the Santiago international airport, hours-long delays at border crossings and tens of millions of dollars in foreign-trade losses.

The SalmonChile group said earlier this week that the strike had blocked exports of about 11 metric tons of salmon and caused more than $30 million in losses for the industry.

Chile’s ASOEX fruit exporting association estimated $16 million in losses in fresh fruit due to shipping problems since the beginning of the strike.

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