Crisis in Chile: «Piñera looks like a salmon businessman, he promises but maintains the workers’ misery»

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The unions added that what Piñera offers “are patch measures. They are giving us a candy, you don’t see big changes». They announce «a rise in salaries, but that money comes from the State,» say the leaders.


Puerto Montt / Chiloe, October 28rd, 2019. (radiodelmar.cl) – In the context of social protests generated throughout Chile, against the unfair economic model and the abuse of the corporate political class, the salmon industry unions also have pronounced, affirming that «Piñera seems like a salmon businessman, announces that will improve conditions, but he continues to misery us, our families and the regions where export salmon is produced.»

This was stated by Gustavo Cortez, the president of the Salmon Industry Workers Federation of Quellón, Chiloé, who also said that their demands are: “we must stop the deaths of divers and salmon crew, defend the dignity of women who works on salmon, to pregnant workers and their children; and we must defend the union organization by rejecting contracts for work by tasks and subcontracting. ”

The leaders of the Workers Unitary Central (CUT in Spanish), also stated affirming that the salmon companies, “pay their patents in Santiago communes and here where, they exploit their wealth (southern Chile), only contamination remains and when that happens they close its factories and cultivation centers and leave people alone”

The unions added that what Piñera offers “are patch measures. They are giving us a candy, you don’t see big changes». They announce «a rise in salaries, but that money comes from the State,» say the leaders.

The salmon companies, for more than a week of social protest in all the cities of Chile, maintain their production at mid range for fear that the ports or roads closes, which would prevent them from exporting. Meanwhile the price of Chilean salmon increased between 7 to 10% in the US market this week.

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