Chile - Nationwide strike of custom officials 20 November

13 Nov 2017

Customs workers affiliated with the National Association of Customs Officials of Chile (ANFACH) union have called for an indefinite nationwide strike in Chile starting from November 20. Organisers claim that customs workers at ports of entry across the country, including land border crossings and airports, are set to participate in the industrial action, which is being organised in response to various labor and wage disputes. 

In order to mitigate disruptions, authorities could deploy additional personnel at major ports of entry likely to be affected by the work stoppage. Processing delays are possible at international airports, as well as land border crossings with Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. Cargo and freight transportation disruptions are also possible at border crossing checkpoints, particularly near the Chungara-Tambo Quemado crossing, between Chile and Bolivia. Precedent suggests the strike action will result in lengthy queues at points of entry and resultant travel delays. 

Although no associated demonstrations have been planned, protests are possible near customs buildings or affected ports of entry. Union-led protests have previously been marred by low-level clashes.