After negotiations on Saturday ended without a deal, the conflict has been going on for seven days as of this Sunday.
After negotiations between the union and the government broke down on Saturday without a deal, the truckers’ strike in Chile has now lasted seven days, according to Gabriel Boric.
At the conclusion of the seven-hour discussion with the Executive, Cristian Sandoval, head of the Fuerza del Norte Truckers Confederation, said, “We have not established a good deal with the Government.”
After the government refused to drop the 31 lawsuits filed under the State Security Law against a number of its leaders in various parts of the nation, the truckers opted to maintain the strike on Friday. The subject was, however, sidelined in the most recent conversations.
The drop in fuel prices, Sandoval continued, is the main problem to be resolved. “The issue of the complaints may be rectified over time, which is why today we were flexible, we approached the government without registering complaints,” he said.
According to a variety of local media, the mobilization, which started on Monday and was prompted by both the rise in fuel prices and the insecurity along the routes, created fuel and food shortages in several places.
Freddy Martnez, the group’s leader, said that while “a system is being constructed that includes a bill that is more efficient in terms of stabilizing fuels, so we don’t have to be in this dilemma again,” the Biobo truckers suggest “a restricted percentage reduction for four months.”
As the strike continued and retailers and agricultural producers reported shortages, the government triggered a plan involving 140 vehicles that transfer goods and “essential supplies” while being escorted by police.
The Chilean Association of Fruit Exporters (Asoex) issued a warning on Saturday, stating that the industry would be forced to stop the fruit harvest if the strike persisted.
On Saturday, automobiles blocked 48 sites on various roadways. 16 persons have been detained thus far as a result of the mobilizations.
The truckers are a powerful and influential organization in Chile. Since rail transportation was discontinued under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973–1990), there has been a lack of protection on the routes, according to the second protest organized this year. One month after Boric assumed control, the first one happened in April.
As a result of the lack of interest in creating a robust rail network during the dictatorship, land transportation is the only option in Chile, and this has a significant and direct impact on the country’s economy.
The State Security Law, which among other things punishes people who breach public order and whose sentences, should they be proven guilty, can vary from 61 to 540 days in jail, was the legal basis for the government’s lawsuit against the truckers.
Days prior, in response to the union’s protest, President Gabriel Boric had threatened to use “all the might of the law” to quell the truckers’ uprising. 30,000 of the 40,000 drivers in the sector are medium and small-sized drivers.
Because of its constrained geography, the nation mobilizes 95% of its cargo by road, therefore its activity is put in jeopardy by the transport sector’s standstill. The 3,300 kilometers of Route 5 or the Pan-American are the vital axis that joins Chile from north to south. Food, building supplies, equipment, and gasoline are transported over these roadways.
AP and EFE as sources