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Trade unions call national strike in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Nov 8 - As part of the social unrest that broke out three weeks ago in Chile, the leaders of major trade unions have called a general strike next Tuesday to reject the measures announced by the government, which they consider insufficient.

The call was made by the National Strike Committee, which is made up of trade unions from the port, mining, construction, industry, trade, education, health care, agriculture and public services sectors, and is supported by the Social Unity Roundtable that brings together more than 70 organizations of all kinds.

Industrial Chile Constramet President Horacio Fuentes told a press conference that workers are not on the margins of the processes being promoted by society for a better Chile, and noted that the current economic model is deeply indebted to the working class.

Alejandro Lilis, leader of Chile's Port Workers' Union, backed the call for a general strike and urged society to join the mobilizations for the real changes that the country needs.

For his part, Richard Aranguiz, from the Mining Union, said it is important that people continue to demonstrate, and pointed out that one of the major demands is the establishment of a Constituent Assembly.

Jorge Hernandez, president of the National Union of Construction and Industrial Assembly Workers,described the unity achieved by public and private sector employees as historic. He added that the 'Chile woke up' slogan must lead to real changes. (PL)