The trajectory of the Chilean labour movement during the governments of the Concertación. Framework agreement on strike subcontractors of CODELCO, 1990-2010


1 May 2018


Volume 1 – Number 9

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Rodrigo Araya Gómez
Universidad de Santiago de Chile



The article analyses the trajectory of the Chilean labour movement during the new democratic period, specifically the action of the United Workers Central (CUT). We argue that the unions faced a complex scenario because of the characteristics of the transitional democratic process, marked by the dictatorial heritage with a structural position of weakness as an effect of the neoliberal model. In response, CUT went from a position of cooperation with a democratic confrontation because of dissatisfaction with the results of incomplete democracy governments, becoming a reference opposition to neoliberalism.


Unionism, transition, labour reform, neoliberalism