Unions that maintained strike accept agreement, and truck drivers stoppage ends in Chile



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Acordo prevê aumento da segurança nas rodovias e buscar maneiras para que altas dos combustíveis não impactem principalmente transportadores de pequeno porte

20002000Agreement provides for increased safety on highways and seeks ways to ensure that fuel increases do not impact mainly small transporters| Photo: EFE/ALEX DÍAZ

The last truck drivers unions in Chile that maintained the strike that started eight days ago arrived to an agreement with the government on Monday night (28) and ended the stoppage.

Truck drivers claimed a reduction in fuel prices and greater safety for the category . On Sunday (27), two of the unions, the National Confederation of Cargo Transport (CNTC) and Fedequinta, had decided to end the strike after reaching an agreement with the government of the leftist Gabriel Boric.

This agreement provided for the appointment of an exclusive prosecutor to investigate robberies and kidnappings suffered by truck drivers and the stabilization of fuel prices, even if the reduction of at least 30% required by the category has not been achieved.

Forca do Norte and the Federation of Central-South Truck Drivers decided to continue with the strike, but changed their position the next day.

According to information from Radio BioBioChile, the Monday’s appointment, in which the Confederation of Production and Trade (CPC), presented two novelties that convinced the two remaining unions.

A way to “adjust” the possible increases in fuel prices will be sought, mainly so that smaller transporters are not affected, and it was agreed an operational plan with the Carabineros (Chilean ostensible police) to improve security at seven points between the cities of Arica and Coquimbo, in addition to the construction of six rest areas for transporters in the North Macrozone along .

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