Chilean Port Workers End Strike After New Agreement

According to  the Reuters, Chilean port workers negotiated a settlement with management last week  that ended a more than three-week-old strike that had slowed copper, fruit and other shipments from the world’s top copper producer.

Last Saturday after trade union leaders reached an early morning agreement with the government of President Sebastián Piñera. The private port operators agreed to accept the payment of bonuses and to rehire all fired strikers.

The northern port of Angamos started a work stoppage in late December to demand stronger union organizing rights. The labor action then spread. Other ports joined the strike in solidarity and in protest over what they say is police brutality against striking workers.

Exporters estimated their losses from the strike, which affected ports nationwide in January, at roughly $1 billion.

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