AquaChile unions vote to end strike – Fishfarmer Magazine

AquaChile unions vote to end strike26 July, 2006 – FOUR hundred and fifty striking workers at AquaChile have voted to end their two-week strike, which had reduced production at Chile’s largest salmon plant by an estimated 40 percent. While company officials acknowledged the strike resulted in significant losses, they have not yet indicated an exact figure.Facing the prospect that AquaChile would hire replacements, as permitted under Chilean law, the strikers voted to accept the company’s final salary offer. The striking workers will also receive a $125,000 peso (US$230) ‘end of conflict’ bonus.Salmon farming is one of Chile’s most dynamic new export industries, with exports of US$1.7 billion in 2005. Based primarily in Puerto Montt, the industry has brought enormous international investment to southern Region X and unprecedented economic growth.www.fishfarmer-magazine.com is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publishes FISHupdate.com, FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.