Government of Chile dialogues with a sector of unemployed truckers | News

The Government began talks with a sector of truckers, who do not have the support of the National Confederations of Truck Owners of Chile (CNDC), nor of the National Cargo Transport (CNTC), which this Monday carried out a partial closure of some highways of the South American country.

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The protest was called due to what they call a security crisis both in the north of the country, attributed to migration; as in the south, attributed in this case to the conflict between the Chilean State and the Mapuche people; however, it has not been accompanied in the magnitude that its organizers expected.

The group of self-convened truckers called a national strike for this Monday, April 25, which has been carried out this morning with partial cuts on Route 5, near the Paine commune, where the drivers have demonstrated to publicize a petition in which they stand out, among others: the demand for solutions to security problems and the increase in fuel prices.



The National Freight Transport Confederation (CNTC) indicated in a statement that although it says it understands “the discontent that exists in various sectors of the country, however, we believe that the best way to achieve results is through dialogue with the authorities. ”.

In fact, the Minister of the Interior, Iskia Siches, responded in this regard: “In the inflationary context, an impact on the supply chain can deepen that impact. We make an invitation, in this context, to open up to dialogue.”

The second in command of La Moneda explained that “Last week we started these dialogues (with truckers) and the vast majority of the transport unions have come to La Moneda and have established a job with our undersecretary. I have asked Manuel Monsalve [viceministro de Interior] lead the work.



In this sense, Siches pointed out: “We can dialogue and discuss the different matters that are required in security and other demands that are on the table, but dialogue must prevail.”

However, in the event of total closure, the officials have designed a service plan to be able to give mobility to the rest of the users, according to the version of the police colonel and prefect of Traffic and Highways, Juan Carlos Rodríguez.