Chile looks to strengthen unions’ power

By Adam Page
Published: Monday, 29 December 2014

Chile’s mining industry is in decline and dragging down the rest of the economy, despite it sitting on one of the world’s biggest lithium, iodine, boron and potash supplies. Mining companies say this isn’t a time for radical labour reform.

The Chilean Congress is expected to discuss a new labour bill today which will seek to limit mining companies' ability to replace workers during strikes.

The socialist government wants to modernise collective contract negotiations and strengthen unions, though it has been vague on details.

Strikes by Chilean port workers earlier...

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