Labor Movement Goes on Strike in Chile

Santiago de Chile, (Prensa Latina) The Central Labor Federation (CUT) announced a 48-hour national strike in August to demand better working conditions, public education, and a new constitution.

The labor strike was scheduled for August 24-25, after a CUT National Council meeting on Sunday, said CUT President Arturo Martinez.

Workers´demands include a new labor law, reform to the Chilean tax system, and political constitution because the current fundamental law was made under a dictatorship, and is full of amendments giving no room to democracy, Martinez said.

According to Martinez, one of the main problems in Chile is the serious inequality, which is illustrated by for-profit education.

In this regard, public education should be strengthened, and the CUT will continue supporting mobilizations of student federations against mercantile education, Martinez added.

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