PortandTerminal.com, November 27, 2019
Dockworkers are on strike in Chile as nationwide mass protests against inequality and social conditions enter their sixth week. Ports are feeling the pinch.
ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE – Members of the Chilean Dockworkers Union began a 48-hour strike on Monday morning, paralysing operations at 24 ports up and down the country’s 6,435km (4,000-mile) Pacific coastline. Education, health, transport, public sector and other labour unions were scheduled to strike on Tuesday.
There have been numerous strikes by Chilean port workers since widespread protests were sparked on Oct. 18. The protests had originally been against a now-suspended metro-fare rise, but have widened to reflect people’s anger at inequality and poor wages, health care and pensions.
Chile has been gripped by protests against high living costs and inequality for weeks now. The protests have grown increasingly violent. At least 26 people have been killed, 2,000 have been injured and more than 5,000 have been arrested in the worst unrest to hit the country in decades.
Due to the protests and the U.S.-China trade war, the ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso – which handle over 60% of Chile’s total exports – are expected a sharp year-on-year drop in volumes for the rest of the year.
San Antonio had been forecast to move 1.9m TEU containers this year, but that figure has now been cut by 13% to 1.65 TEU.
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