Saturday , June 10 2023

Valparaíso already loses 12 weekly boats in the port


After a week of paralyzing the port of Valparaiso, due to demonstrations by casual workers, twelve ships, between those who left and those who did not arrive, had to divert their route to San Antonio.

There are seven container ships that have left the South Pacific Terminal (TPS), which are added to three fractional freight vessels that have left the Cerros de Valparaíso Terminal (TCVAL). The same site lost two cruisers: "Fram" and "Le Boreal", the latter being the one who will arrive on the shore of the poets this Saturday.

TPS general manager Oliver Weinreich on Friday made a Valparaiso loss assessment of protest actions. The government confirmed that by Friday, ships carrying around 20,000 containers were lost, which meant the loss of at least 3,300 job shifts.

From the TCVAL, meanwhile, repeated calls have been made to fill conversations with mobilized workers.

"We deeply regret the refusal of workers to normalize the operation of the terminal, which allowed the resumption of dialogue," they said.

As far as workers' requests are concerned, TCVAL representatives have assured that, for example, a member of Union No.1 who works in a concession "has a monthly average of 16 exchanges, equivalent to $ 700,000." In the same way, they argued that there were 6% increases in employment this year, so "it is not real that activity has fallen."

Meanwhile, Vice President of the Regional Tourism Corporation, Gianni Rivera, described the current situation in the Valparaiso sector as "serious."

"It has done an immeasurable damage to the port, the region and the country, because shipping companies want to bother us, we do not have the capacity to fulfill the word that we have given," he said.

This week, Mayor of Valparaiso, Jorge Sharp, has led a dialogue table to try to unlock paralysis, which has been unsuccessful this weekend.

Mediation was supported by the municipal council, which cited both trade unions and concession companies.

Meanwhile, the provincial government of San Antonio adopted an emergency road plan on Wednesday to cope with the strong increase in the arrival of cargo trucks at that terminal. Governor Gabriela Alcalde has urged smaller vehicle drivers to prefer access to the city via Llolleo Bridge, as the New Access route has already been subject to heavy truck traffic, according to the Port Portal portfolio.

On Friday afternoon, Valparaíso Mayor Jorge Martínez had a new meeting with union leaders to explore ways to solve the prolonged labor conflict.

Among the participants were representatives of Uniport, Sudem, Dockers Portuaries Valparaiso and Auxiliary Embarks, as indicated by the regional government through Twitter.

The mobilized workers ask for their work and safety requirements. It also calls for an economic compensation bonus that could reach about $ 3 million.

In the same way they question what they denounce as a low number of exchanges offered in terminals, due to the current dynamics of foreign trade and the alleged deregulation of work permits in the port.

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