Breakdown in Chilean public sector negotiations: government employees announce strike

The public sector workers' negotiation team ("Mesa del Sector Público"), representing 17 workers' organizations and trade unions, announced a 72 hour national strike set to start on 26 October 2016, following an impasse in negotiations with the Finance and Employment Ministers on salary increases (Emol). On 24 October, the government improved its proposal for a salary increase from a general 3 percent to 3.2 percent, as well as larger increases for lower salaries along with improved holiday allowances. However, the proposal was contingent upon the Mesa accepting it and signing an agreement immediately, which did not occur. Central Unitaria de Trabajadores President, Bárbara Figueroa, said the Mesa had no choice but to reject the agreement and end the dialogue (BioBio).