• Short Summary

    In Chile, nearly half a million workers voted on Tuesday (31 October) to elect trade union representatives for the first time since the armed forces took power in September, 1973.

  • Description

    In Chile, nearly half a million workers voted on Tuesday (31 October) to elect trade union representatives for the first time since the armed forces took power in September, 1973.

    SYNOPSIS: The majority of Chile's workers live in and around the capital city, Santiago. Here, news of the first trade union elections in nearly five years made big news in the newspapers.

    The government, which is headed by General Augusto Pinochet, issued instructions that the voting cause as little public disruption as possible. On government orders, all voting activities were to be held at the place of work -- and during the hours between 8.30 in the morning and 10 o'clock at night. In addition, all balloting was to be under the supervision of more than 2,000 government officials.

    The elections came less than two weeks after the government had outlawed seven labour unions. The unions, which represented thousands of workers in the agricultural and industrial sectors, also had their property seized.

    A government statement said the seven unions were banned because their actions showed they were being guided by foreign influences, and were following Marxist doctrines.

    Official estimates said more than 450,000 workers, all employed by companies in the private sector, voted in Tuesday's elections. In all, more than 3,000 trade union officials were elected.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7T4EO1TNM52CSSS9TO6J7ZGRK
    Media URN:
    VLVA7T4EO1TNM52CSSS9TO6J7ZGRK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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