Ports in Chile hit by national customs workers strike

Ports in Chile hit by national customs workers strike

Ports in Chile have been hit by customs workers’ strike action.

The vote for labour action by members of the National Association of Customs Officers of Chile (ANFACH) trade union affects all ports in the South American country.

It is causing disruption and delays to freight movement up and down its 6,000km-long Pacific coastline.

The open-ended action has been called over several issues including staffing levels, working hours and retirement benefits.

Union representatives say the government has failed to honour protocols it signed regarding these issues in May 2015 and November 2016.

Striking workers number around 1,900.

Analysts say previous such strikes have usually lasted only a few days.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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