Given the failed negotiations between the Chilean government and the unions, it was announced that the strike of civil servants would be extended until Thursday, meaning that there have already been three weeks in a row of strikes and marches. This strike is taking a toll on the country as a whole, and especially on the fruit sector, as the work of Customs and the SAG (Agricultural and Livestock Service), which are important offices for the trade of fresh fruit abroad, has been seriously affected.
Luis Schmidt during his speech at PMA Fruittrade 2016
Luis Schmidt in conversation with the president of Chile
"I ask for good sense and for the problem to be solved as soon as possible, for the good of the country. What if, as we already saw in the past, these mobilizations took a toll on other sectors, such as our ports? It would have a broad-spectrum impact, since 92% of Chile's international trade is carried out by sea. We need to adopt preventive measures. It is necessity for us to have a law that strictly regulates the rules for perishable products, so that the trade of these products cannot be affected," concluded the president of the association.