The history of the working class in Chile
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Political struggle of the working class in Chile
- Chilean Commuist Leader Indicted for
- Weekly News Update on the Americas, 27 October 1996.
She ventured to criticize former dictator Pinochet, who
remains head of the army.
- 6,000 teachers to retire: Teachers' union says
pension funding is insufficient
- ChilNet extract from El Mercurio, 25 January
1997. Legislation to cover the retirement of 6,000 grade school
and high school teachers in 1997, addressing the problem of
thousands of teachers each
year who are at retirement age but choose not to leave work
because of low benefits.
- Chile's Unions Push for Labor Clauses in
- Reuter, 1 March 1997.
- Miners attack government
- From Workers World, 22 May 1997. Lota coal pit has
become focus for contest between labor and President Frei's
privatization and free-market policies.
Economic struggles of workers in Chile
- Teachers threaten new strike: If Ministry
of Education does not provide raises agreed upon
- ChilNet extract from La Epoca, 19 November
1996. A month and a half after public school teachers
staged one of the biggest strikes in recent history, the
union is again threatening to halt work over the payment
of salary increases.
- Administrative staff strike at state
universities: Professors may join them next week
- ChilNet extract from El Mercurio, La Epoca, 22
November 1996. Non-academic staff at Chile's 16 state
universities initiated an indefinite strike and may be
joined by professors next week if the government
continues to turn a deaf ear to their concerns.
- Strikers Nearly Stop Chilean Hospitals.
Forces patients to find emergency care elsewhere
- MERGInet News, November 1996. A walkout by paramedics,
nurses' aides and ambulance attendants paralyzed public
hospitals in Santiago, Chile. Their minimum salary is
currently $120 a month, and they seek a 15-percent
increase over the next three years.
- Teachers set deadline for debt payment
- ChilNet extract from El Mercurio, El Diario, 3
February 1997. A deadline on April 30 for the government
to take positive steps toward paying off a debt with the
teachers from 1981. If the government fails to provide a
satisfactory response, the union will consider a national
strike similar to the one which it undertook last October.
- Minibus drivers
- By Daniel Vila, People's Weekly World, 1 November
1997. A 12-hour strike by unionized private minibus owners
forced the government to reconsider its plan to impose a
change in the rates the drivers charge passengers.
- Mushroom workers
- From Earl Gilman, 21 November 1997. 500 workers at "Nature's
Farm Products (Chile)S.A., owned by an American. Since September
1996 no funds have gone into the pension or health fund. The
union has not received dues from the employer since November 1996.
And the employer didn't bother to pay the workers in December and
- Chilean dockers under attack
- By Earl Gilman El Nuevo Topo, 31 January 1998.
Striking port workers in Valparaiso were threatened by
soldiers and naval troops in an action which resembles
the Pinochet dictatorship which ruled Chile until recently.
- Chile Port Workers
- By Earl Gilman, El Nuevo Topo, 6 April 1999.
Port workers in three ports protest privitizations which
will leave them without jobs or any compensation for
loss of their jobs. Most are casuals without any
single employer and have no collective bargaining
- Iquique, Chile, port strike
- From the ITF, 26 August 1999. Chilean port of Iquique
workers agreed to suspend their strike for seven days
in the hope of a final salary agreement. The workers
have been on strike for several weeks, following proposals
by the shipping companies to slash wages and employ