Iquique, Chile, port strike
From the ITF
26 August 1999
Dockers in the
Chilean port of Iquique agreed with shipping companies and the
government yesterday (25 August) to suspend their strike for
seven days, in the hope that during that period a final agreement
on salary adjustments can be reached.
The workers have
been on strike for several weeks, following proposals by the
shipping companies to slash wages and employ casual workers.
to suspend industrial action was taken after some of the small
and medium-sized shipping agents agreed to increase the pay for
an eight hour shift from 13,000 pesos to 15,000 pesos. On average
the dockers work 20 shifts per month.
agents which have not yet accepted the workers' pay demands will
begin negotiations today in meetings to be headed by government
minister, Jose Miguel Insulza.
The port workers suspended their stoppages in order to allow
vital foodstuffs to be delivered to the city, which has gone
for 34 days without flour and other provisions.
If the negotiations
do not result in an agreement within seven days, the dockers
plan to resume their strike on Thursday 2 September.
The ITF has urged
all its affiliates to remain on standby in case solidarity action
is called for.