In Chile, President Salvador Allende appointed on Saturday (Aug.18) an Force commander, Brigadier-General Humberto Magliochetti, to become his third Minister of transport in less than a month.
In Chile, President Salvador Allende appointed on Saturday (Aug.18) an Force commander, Brigadier-General Humberto Magliochetti, to become his third Minister of transport in less than a month. The move is aimed at resolving the 26-day-old strike of the country's 45,000 truck owners, a stoppage that has caused an economic crisis and severe food and fuel shortages. The hauliers are supported by most of the bus and taxi drivers and the shopkeepers are threatening to join them.
Under the new minister, the Government is preparing to commence tough negotiations with the transporters - who deliver some 70 percent of Chile's food, fuel and raw materials. General Magliochetti replaces General Cesar Ruiz, former Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force, who spent only ten days in office. Under-Secretary of transport Jaime Faivovich, whose resignation was one of the Jerry-owners major demands, also bowed out. Transport Union leaders said his departure brought the strike nearer to settlement.
Meanwhile, the armed forces have requisitioned 2,500 lorries abandoned by the strikers in an attempt to keep supplies flowing. The stoppage is costing the country over GBP 2.5 million sterling (6 million U.S. dollars) a day and is the most serious crisis yet faced by Dr. Allende in his 33 months of Government. The Marxist President has been supported in the struggle by most of the trade unions and ... by a demonstration of women.