Dockworkers at the Port of Valparaiso, Chile Launch Indefinite Strike, Other Ports to Strike This Afternoon
Approximately 500 dockworkers at the Port of Valparaiso, located in Valparaiso Region, Chile, initiated an indefinite strike to protest alleged issues including the distribution of labor at the facility. According to reports, the strike by the dockworkers, who are employed at Terminal One, is affecting all operations at the port. However, it is unclear to what extent the impact of the strike is having on cargo shipments moving through other terminals at the facility.
In addition, other dockworkers at an unconfirmed number of ports, including at least the Port of San Antonio, will respect the call to strike by the Port Union of Chile and halt operations between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. local time. According to union representatives, this strike is intended to act as a warning to Chile’s government to not pass the new labor reform law that dockworkers believe is anti-union and which the House is scheduled to vote on today. Should the House approve the bill, it is very likely that additional strikes conducted by dockworkers and laborers in other major sectors, including miners, will occur in the near future.