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Chilean Port Workers End Strike After New Agreement
Around 1,500 Chilean port workers returned to work Wednesday, two days after they walked out due to management’s failure to comply with the terms of an accord ending a three-week-long nationwide dock strike

SANTIAGO – Around 1,500 Chilean port workers returned to work Wednesday, two days after they walked out due to management’s failure to comply with the terms of an accord ending a three-week-long nationwide dock strike, union leaders said.

Members of the FTP union at the busy port of San Antonio halted work on Monday after the port’s operator, Puerto Central, declined to live up to the agreement brokered last weekend by Chile’s government.

But the FTP’s leaders subsequently signed an accord with Puerto Central manager Rodrigo Olea to bring the job action to a halt for a second time.

“We signed an agreement with the (union leaders) that restores complete normality at the port from this moment forward,” Olea told reporters.

The workers resumed their strike Monday, saying management had reneged on a pledge to reinstate all striking workers and establish a permanent negotiating table to resolve future disputes.

The company pledged to create a work group prior to the end of February with the aim of “discussing and proposing improvements and modalities of operation with full-time employees and temporary workers” provided the strikers resumed their duties some time on Wednesday, Olea said Wednesday.

Exporters estimated their losses from the strike, which affected ports nationwide in January, at roughly $1 billion.

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