Chile: National Strike a Success Despite Repression
Brussels, 25 August 2011 - With tens of thousands of Chilean workers joining the two-day national strike called by the
ITUC-affiliated CUT trade union centre, pressure is mounting on the government of President Pinero to respond to the
widely-supported demands for a major change in direction.
The international trade union movement strongly condemns the violence and repression that accompanied the strike. The
authorities have attacked peaceful demonstrators with rubber bullets and water cannons. "In a real democracy, people
have a legitimate right to demonstrate and demand change. There is no place for violence, and the authorities'
repression aimed at stopping the strike and demonstrations is totally unacceptable," said ITUC General Secretary Sharan
Burrow, from Santiago.
The ITUC and TUCA, its regional organisation for the Americas, will continue to support the Chilean trade union
movement, whose alliance with students and other civil society groups aims to ensure that all Chileans have access to
quality education, that the country's labour laws meet ILO standards, and that there are budgetary and political
Trade union centres from many other countries, in the Americas and in other regions are still sending messages of
support and solidarity to their Chilean colleagues. Further information may be found on the CUT website: www.cutchile.cl
The ITUC represents 175 million workers in 151 countries and territories and has 305 national affiliates. http://www.ituc-csi.org