Chilean supply chains latest to be rocked by strike action

San Antonio, Chile - 17 December 2018: The commercial dock in San Antonio is the largest cargo port in South America. The busy harbor is full of ships loading and unloading shipping containers.

Workers at ports across Chile have announced strike action affecting operations across the country.

In a letter published through Chilean Portal Portuario, the Central Port Union (UPC) and the Front of Central Port Workers (FTPC) said operations will cease on from 7.00 am local time on 26 October to last until 7:59 am on Friday, October 28.

The stoppage would come from some 6,500 stevedoring workers present in 23 ports and terminals throughout the country, excluding areas such as Arica, Coquimbo and Valparaíso, where the UPC does not have a majority presence.

The dockers are calling for labour improvements through the creation of a pension system for heavy work, a modernisation of port regulations and grace pensions.

READ: Port congestion on the rise again amidst second Felixstowe strike

Major container ports in Chile include the Port of San Antonio, Port of Valparaíso, and Port of Iquique.

Earlier this week the latest round of strikes got underway at the Port of Liverpool following another broken down period of negotiations between employer and dockworkers.

South African terminals were choked up through October due to strike action.

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