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Chile: Valparaiso port worker strike ends after 35 days

Workers at the Chilean port of Valparaiso have accepted an offer from the operator, The Valparaiso Port Company (EPV), bring an end to a strike that lasted for 35 days.

An agreement was signed between the workers and the Ministry of Labor alongside representatives of both parties last week.

EPV's offer included a bonus of 750,000 pesos (US$1,100), a gift card of 250,000 pesos (US$360) and a training course worth 400,000 pesos (US$600).

The final stage of talks took place over 12 hours before an agreement was reached.

The paralyzation started on Nov. 16 and resulted in around 90% of fruit shipments being diverted to other ports, such as San Antonio which exported 10-times more fruit compared to the same period last year.

Fedrfruta president Jorge Valenzuela told Fresh Fruit Portal a few days ago that no fruit losses had been reported as all the fruit had been shipped from other ports.