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27 Dec 2018 | 08:32 PM UTC

Chile: Port workers in Valparaíso threaten to re-start strike December 27 /update 3

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Port workers in Valparaíso threaten on December 27 to re-start strike unless port manager fulfills bonus deliveries; heightened security presence possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/27/2018, 12:00 AM until 1/1/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION Valparaíso

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On Thursday, December 27, port workers at Terminal Pacífico Sur (TPS) Valparaíso threatened to re-start a strike after the port manager reportedly failed to pay-out bonuses agreed upon during negotiations a week prior. Representatives for TPS claim 99 percent of bonuses have been delivered, with some delays, as of Thursday; unions representatives contend a "large part" of its members have not received any compensation. A heightened security presence is possible in Valparaíso over the coming hours and days due to potential protests.


Union representatives previously agreed to halt the 35-day work-stoppage on December 21 following negotiations with the government and port manager. Port workers staged multiple demonstrations in Valparaíso during the strike, with some protests resulting in clashes between workers and security forces. Associated demonstrations also took place in Santiago and other cities throughout the work-stoppage.


Individuals in Chile, particularly those in Valparaíso, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all potential demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities.


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