Chile: Subway Workers´ Strike Continues

04 December
SANTIAGO DE CHILE –  More than 700 subway workers in Chile continued the indefinite strike they began Monday with no sign of resolution through negotiations.

The strikers are demanding higher wages and a retirement policy that takes into account those who retire from the company after having worked for 20 years.

Union leader Abel Varela criticized the contingency plan implemented by the company to counteract the strike, after it hired replacement drivers (strike-breakers).

The stubbornness of the company´s management is jeopardizing subway passengers and damages the right to life and physical integrity, Chilean parliamentarians believe.

Meanwhile, preparations continued for dealing with a total halt of subway services on Sunday, for the first time in 35 years.

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