The CUT Worker Congress held a spirited, peaceful march to reject right-wing attacks on labor rights. Workers and students demanded increased rights and an end to anti-labor restrictions and working conditions rooted in the dictatorship era.
The workers are protesting what they see as a water-down version of the labor reform promised by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Bachelet's proposal continues to safeguard the ban on collective bargaining, sacking of striking workers, and other anti-union measures. Employers and right-wing parties sharply oppose any progressive changes to Chilean labor laws.
In recent months, Chile has seen a sharp upswing in student and labor militancy in their demands for increased rights and social protections.