They want a national strike

Chile: Strikers from the port of Valparaíso reject pre-agreement

Strikers rejected the pre-agreement reached on Tuesday. “The latest proposal of the Executive branch has been rejected by a large majority. We remain paralyzed and now we are moving to generate a national strike," the spokesman of the workers on strike, Pablo Klimpel, told the newspaper La Vanguardia.

Unfortunately, this led to an intensification of the clashes between the demonstrators and the police special forces in the city’s downtown. The workers announced a greater radicalization of their protests and that they would boycott the New Year celebrations in the city, according to the leader Osvaldo Quevedo and published by the BioBio Chile newspaper. "If we are radicalized, now we are going to be more radicalized later. Did they want to celebrate New Year? There will be no New Year celebration," he added. This message was addressed to President Sebastián Piñera and the governor of the province of Valparaíso, Maria de los Ángeles de La Paz. Valparaiso is one of the most attractive tourist cities in Chile. In addition, the New Year celebrations in Valparaiso are known worldwide. In general, people from all over the world travel to Valparaiso to enjoy the biggest fireworks show in all of Latin America.

The Minister of Finance of the Government, Felipe Larrain, asked both parties to be flexible to reach an agreement: "I make call to all parties to be responsible and dialogue. This isn’t good for workers. It isn’t good for the company. It’s not good for Valparaiso, and it’s not good for Chile either."

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