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Chilean bosses are putting miners' lives at risk

12 October 2010
The world’s media has been following the plight of the miners trapped in Chile’s San José mine in microscopic detail, but there is far less interest in the conditions the miners normally work in.

Bosses' greed behind Chile's trapped miners

31 August 2010
The Chilean government closed down the San José mine—where 33 miners are still trapped underground—in 2007 over health and safety failures.

Chile: tremors of the past

09 March 2010
Earthquakes are events that expose what is hidden in a society. They are crises that reveal the best and the worst of people.

Arms cash

09 February 2010
Chile – BAE secretly paid £1 million to General Pinochet in return for help over arms deals.Romania – The 2003 sale of two ex-Royal Navy frigates saw payments of £7 million in "secret commissions" to clinch the £116 million ship refurbishment deal.Czech Republic – The 2003 sale of Gripen fighter aircraft to the Czech Republic saw the CIA, rival arms companies and the Czech police confirm bribery attempts by BAE.Qatar – After the sale of UK arms to Qatar in 1996, BAE paid a £7 million "commission" into three Jersey trust funds under the cont

Popular democracy in revolutionary Chile

02 June 2009
Between 1970-3 Chile entered a period of revolution. Workers began to take control of factories, the peasants were seizing the land and a vast movement of the oppressed was making its mark on shaping a new society.

Tony Manero

14 April 2009
Tony Manero is a film set in Chile’s capital city Santiago in 1978 – during the brutal dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

Angry protests and riots shake central Santiago in Chile

04 September 2007
Rioting shook Chile’s capital Santiago on Wednesday of last week during a day of protest called by the CUT, the main trade union federation.

Miners' victory in Chile is part of an awakening of workers

21 August 2007
At the beginning of August, contract miners in Chile’s new CTC union federation celebrated a significant victory against Codelco, Chile’s state-owned mining corporation.

Chilean miners' leader looks to growth of the movement

06 August 2007
After the battles of forestry workers in the Arauco region and copper miners working for the state owned Codelco company, subcontracted workers are targeting the private mining industry.

Victory for striking subcontracted miners in Chile

02 August 2007
Miners striking against Codelco, Chile's state owned mining corporation are celebrating a victory. After a solid 37 day strike by some 13,000 workers the company made a revised offer. The strikers, subcontractors in the CTC union federation, voted by a large majority to accept the offer and end the strike.

Collahuasi copper miners strike in Chile

17 July 2007
This week some 700 miners have come out on strike in Chile’s Collahuasi copper mine, nearly 2,000 kilometres north of Santiago and 5,000 metres up in the Andes. This is at a time when thousands of subcontracted workers in Chile’s state owned copper mines are already out.

Subcontracted Chilean copper miners strike to demand ‘Same work, Same pay’

09 July 2007
The use of sub-contractors has become endemic in Chilean copper mines. In 1980 the state copper company Codelco employed 28,000 workers on fixed contracts. Now only 18,000 work "direct", and 33,300 work for sub-contractors – and the jobs which are "tendered out" are the same jobs that direct workers do.

Augusto Pinochet: the tyrant who served the system

16 December 2006
Within a few minutes of the announcement that the hated tyrant Pinochet was dead, thousands of Chilean people took to the streets to celebrate.

Mario Uribe

25 November 2006
Mario Uribe recently died suddenly at the age of 59. It was through Chilean solidarity work that I met him, and we remained friends for the next 30 years.

Chilean miners’ action ends

09 September 2006
Miners at Escondida, Chile’s largest copper mine, returned to work on Monday of this week, ending a 25-day strike. They have won an 8 percent pay rise and one-off bonuses worth £8,920.

Crucial battle in Chile against global mine bosses

02 September 2006
The Escondida opencast copper mine is the biggest in the world. The miners work in harsh conditions - at altitudes of 10,000 feet in the Atacama desert, north Chile.

Chilean government is educated by the mass movement

24 June 2006
Three weeks of widespread school occupations and two nationwide strikes have won most of the "economic" demands of school students in Chile.

Chile – fighting for a new kind of education

10 June 2006
Some 800,000 school students struck in Chile on Wednesday of last week. Over 100 schools have been occupied and demonstrators have clashed with the police. Universities are on strike in solidarity and news programmes interview the school students’ leaders every day.

Ernesto Leal is free – but still fighting to stay in Britain

10 June 2006
Ernesto Leal, a Chilean threatened with deportation, was released on bail on 2 June. The home office wants to deport him even though he holds a British passport and has been granted indefinite leave to remain in Britain.

Pinochet In Suburbia

25 March 2006
This docudrama looks at the attempts, between 1998 and 2000, to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from Britain to face trial for the torture and murders that took place under his regime.

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