INTRODUCTION: In Chile, eleven labour union leaders have gone on trial accused of illegal activities.
GV Streets scene PAN TO Tribunales de Justicias building
GV INTERIOR OF Building PAN DOWN TO officials, lawyers, public and police
GV TRACKING SHOT TO Face of Manuel Bustos and CU
SV PULL OUT GV Friends and members of Bustos family
CU Bustos PULL OUT GV Bustos talking with another syndicate member in court building with officials and police present
Background: INTRODUCTION: In Chile, eleven labour union leaders have gone on trial accused of illegal activities. The trial comes a month after they presented the government of President Augusto Pinochet with a plan outlining new minimum wage proposals for Chilean workers.
SYNOPSIS: The trials are being held in the imposing Tribunales De Justicias in the Chilean capital of Santiago. The accused union leaders are all members of Co-ordinadora National Sindical (CNS). Their troubles began after they went to the government with new proposals affecting the country's labour force.
The CNS president Manuel Bustos, seen here on the right in the court building, had asked for several changes. One was a rise in the minimum wage from 100 US dollars to 250. The Association also wanted several labour laws modified.
President Pinochet, who ousted the regime of Dr. Salvador Allende in 1973, reacted a fortnight after the union move. He said he would not speak to the Association or consider their plan. The President also called them "Communist troublemakers" and later arrested the Association's 11 most prominent members.