After a meeting of more than three hours with the directors of Codelco, the leaders of the workers’ unions of the state companyl announced the end of the national strike, which began this Wednesday with the announcement of the closing of the Ventanas smelter, accused of being one of those responsible for the poisoning episodes in the Quinteros-Puchuncaví bay.
Along with that they indicated that a dialogue table will be established starting next Monday at Codelco Ventanas for the process of closing the division, which will ensure a fair transition agreement for the process. The Ventanas unions and company representatives will participate in it. It will also have the support of the Federation of Copper Workers.
In a statement issued from the meeting it is stated that, “the administration and the union leaders agreed to establish as a principle of dialogue, care for the health of the workers and the communities where the operations are inserted, the protection of the environment, as well as the protection of employability together with the empowerment of Codelco“.
On the other hand, they indicated that “the will of both parties was fulfilled after the corporation ratified its commitment to continue with the Ventanas division, empowerment of its refinery, including the necessary investments for its operational sustainability with projects such as the development of a scrap treatment furnace”.
In the negotiations, it was also considered an instance to address the situation of contractor companies, and their workers, who provide services in the foundry process of the Ventanas division.
After the meeting, the president of the Federation of Copper Workers, Amador Pantoja, indicated that “we have determined as a council, where we have informed our presidents of each union, that As of this minute we are going to lift the stoppage.”
“In the end we are closing a condition that if it comes true not 100 percent favorable, opens a space of hope and it allows us to continue believing in a luxury company, in a prestigious company (…) a company that deserves the respect of Chilean men and women”, he stressed Pantoja.
For his part, the executive president of Codelco, André Sougarret, celebrated the agreement and considered it very important to meet again with the union table at a work table in order to do what the board of directors has mandated, “begin with the closing process of the Ventanas foundry”, he stated.
Regarding the strengthening of the Ventanas refinery, he pointed out that “without a doubt, we have to continue working there, in a process that is stable, friendly to the environment and that we must continue promoting to continue processing our anodes from different sources.”