No to the sacking and black banning of the dockworkers of Union N°2 of Mejillones
March 9, 2014
After the dockworkers’ strike, the attacks from the stevedoring bosses of Ultraport (owned by the Von Appen family) in Mejillones have not ceased.
This time they are attacking the workers’ organization and their union, Sindicato Número 2 Trabajadores Contratados y Eventuales Unidos (United Permanent and Temporary Workers’ Union Number 2) of Mejillones. More than 150 dockworkers have been laid off, and Ultraport are attempting to remove legal immunity from prosecution (desafuero) from union leaders like Enrique Solar “Mancha”.
In addition, Ultraport has drawn up a blacklist which, if endorsed by Mejillones Mayor Marcelino Carvajal, would prevent workers on this blacklist from getting any work in any industry in the city.
All of these measures aim to force back, criminalize and prosecute dockworkers, just as they do with the indigenous Mapuche people as well as students.
The signatories below say:
* No to the desafuero of union leader Enrique Solar “Mancha”
* No to the attack on union organizations
* For an end to the persecution and criminalization of the workers who took part in the strikes
* For the reinstatement of all Mejillones dockworkers who have been sacked or denied work. For full back pay for all dockworkers
Signatories (in Spanish):