The National Association of Customs Officials of Chile (ANFACH) is planning a 24-hour nationwide strike for Thursday, August 1. Thousands of customs workers at checkpoints in ports, airports, and land border crossings are expected to participate in the work stoppage. Union leaders are demanding that the government withdraw a bill on human resources in the customs service that was proposed on July 18. According to ANFACH, the union was not consulted before the bill was drafted and the proposal does not include previously negotiated agreements. Associated rallies and longer wait times at customs checkpoints are anticipated during the strike.
Individuals in or planning to travel to Chile on August 1 are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and expect longer wait times at customs checkpoints.
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