Weekly Report - 10 November 2016 (WR-16-44)

Chile’s ruling coalition gives Bachelet bloody nose

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet urged public-sector employees to return to work on 9 November and end a general strike over salary demands which began on 26 October. The Bachelet administration suffered two significant political setbacks in the space of a few days in the lower chamber of congress where deputies rejected a bill seeking to establish a salary increase for public-sector employees for 2017 at 3.2%. Fifteen public-sector unions have been demanding a 7% salary increase since September.

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