Friday , January 15 2021

Chuquicamata is paralyzed by three unions: "Most people are sick"

Completely paralyzed is Codelco's Chuquicamata division, following the recruitment of unions 1, 2 and 3, which brings together only over 5,000 employees, who require that the current administration stop violations of agreements and threats against the trade union.

Liliana Uguarte, president of the Association of Taxation 2, confirmed that all doors of blocked Qodlo facilities, this situation primarily led the workers, and then remain in the hands of the administration itself that is preventing the passage, said the leader of the Union

"We do not know what it means, all the people are walking down, we have groups of one hundred and two hundred and three hundred workers who got off, among the people of Qudelco and third parties, it was a convoy of marching people." Famous Ugarte.

In the case of work, explained the president of the Association of Taxation 2, there were several plants that operated under supervision, but this situation has been gradually declining until total paralysis.

"Now all the people are evacuated, instead of six they can not go in. Most of the line did not come in. They continued to work with a few people on duty for a few more hours," Liliana Ogretta told Alon Chen.

Exit program

For the leader, the situation is caused by various violations of the collective agreement in the field of health, in particular, which added the null reaction of the administration to the process of disengagement that will when you pass the form of underground work

"In the last collective bargaining, we agreed with the company – in a letter that was annexed – that the change would be by both sides, it was not respectable, the administration is promoting a transformation to the" blood and fire ", threatening workers. Employee representative.

With regard to the retirement plan for employees, the company, he says, does not offer any type of health coverage. It is worth noting that it is estimated that an estimated surplus of 1,700 workers when the underground work, that there are 946 vacancies.

"Most people are sick, no one is going healthy, for us, basically, and it's not there," he says.

Another point is that the current administration of Codelco Chuquicamata wants to cut off the workers who will go to the underground mine, and then rehire them with fewer benefits than they currently have.


Liliana Ugarte, noted that today is an important day for Codelco, since the melting of concentration will stop.

"The administration says it will be three months, but we think it will be much more, this time they only sell concentration and it is a huge loss for Codelco and the State of Chile." We are not a company that sells concentration, but what profit is there for its value, "he said.

Meanwhile, Ugarte warned, the paralysis continued until the Chuquicamata Division's management did not come to speak.

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