[Marxism] Chile: BHP saclks striking workers; unionist shot dead

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Wed Apr 10 21:27:54 MDT 2013

Chile: BHP sacks striking workers <http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53785>

In a move that shows how little has changed since Ernesto “Che” Guevara
famously observed the maltreatment of Chile’s copper miners by foreign
capitalists in *The Motorcycle Diaries*, more than 500 mineworkers have
been summarily sacked by the Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton.

Their offence was to participate in strike action for improved pay and
conditions at Escondida, an open-cut mine located in the arid Antofagasta
region of northern Chile.

Chile: Union leader shot dead, family accuses

Chile may have dispensed with military dictatorship, but agitating for
workers’ rights can still get you assassinated.

Juan Pablo Jimenez, 35, was the president of the union representing workers
at Azeta, one of Chile’s largest electrical engineering companies. On
February 21, he was found dead in a pool of blood at his workplace, minutes
after finishing a shift, a bullet lodged in his cranium.


“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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