Press release: Minera Escondida union on strike vote

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Excerpts from press release by Minera Escondida union

"We inform that at the close of today (Tuesday, July 31) 2046 members have voted, partial scrutiny has been done in the cities of Arica, Iquique, Calama, Vallenar, Copiapó, La Serena, Viña del Mar and Santiago, throwing in all they a strong approval of the strike, close to 90% of voters. "

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"The union has learned of a serious irregularity of the regional director of Subrogante Labor of Antofagasta, Manuel Cabezas, who today, without legal power, has issued an opinion on the period in which workers who individually reintegrate could collectively negotiate in the conditions of the last offer made by the company ".

"Their response is clearly discordant with the law, which clearly establishes in Article 357 of the Labor Code, that workers who reintegrate individually are disengaged from collective bargaining and the collective contract, so that they are only affected by individual contracts In his response, this official is also unable to explain what legal provision establishes that a worker who is not subject to any collective contract, is prevented from negotiating with his union, when the collective agreement signed by him expires.

"In formal terms, this official violates even the regulations that govern the Labor Directorate, since legally he is prevented from responding to a consultation if the National Labor Director has not previously issued an opinion on the matter, which is precisely the situation. In effect, the 1967 DFL of the Ministry of Labor, establishes that matters in which there is no precedent, only the National Labor Director, under his signature, may issue opinions. "

This press release was published in English using an automated translation system