Chilean customs worker strike continues

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Chilean customs worker strike continues

A customs worker strike in Chile that began two weeks ago has been extended until the end of today (Nov. 8), although it is as yet unclear exactly how fresh fruit exports could be affected.avocado_69588181

Industrial action by many of the country's public services began on Oct. 26, and the National Association of Fiscal Employees (ANEF) confirmed it would continue through Tuesday.

The strike relates to a row over pay between workers and the government, according to local media.

It is understood port workers are currently not under strike, but some shipments may be delayed due to industrial action by other public sector services.

In a recent release, the National Agricultural Society (SNA) warned of the negative effects of the strike by public sector workers, especially of the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG).

"For more than a week public sector workers have been mobilized due to wage demands, a situation that the country unfortunately seems to be getting used to, despite being an illegal strike that is affecting public services for thousands of people and hindering the normal development of economic activity and trade," SNA president Patricio Crespo said.

He explained there would be some delays in agricultural exports from the country. Key fresh fruits currently being exported include avocados, blueberries and cherries.




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