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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 5 March 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 4 March, Brazilian news site Congresso em foco published an article arguing that a provisional decree passed on 1 March which prohibits union subscriptions from being paid directly out of workers’ wages is unconstitutional and threatens unions’ existence.    ..
* Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has announced on Twitter details for the planned tender for the concession to operate part of the North-South railway line, the ‘backbone’ of Brazil’s railway network that has been under construction for over 30 years...
On 4 March, an arson attack took place on farmland near the municipality of Contulmo in Chile’s southern Bío Bío Region, in which a group of unidentified hooded and armed individuals threatened forestry workers and set fire to forest machinery...
* Chile’s copper commission (Cochilco), the sector regulator, has released a new report which shows that the country produced a record 5.83bn tonnes of copper in 2018, a 6% year-on-year increase...

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