Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Workers announce mobilization for the idea that ends 60% of salmon farming in Chile

The multiunion of salmon workers announced that together with other unions they would mobilize to protest a bill that would create the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service (SBAP) and that would eliminate more than 60% of salmon farming, leaving thousands Unemployed.

“We do not agree with the government’s proposal to amend Article 158 of the General Law on Fisheries and Aquaculture, which is openly discriminatory for our sources of work, for our families, for the future of our children, The only option for our sources of labor for future operations other than limiting and shutting down,” he argued in a statement.

As an example, he pointed to the case of the current closure of a salmon company in the southern region, “where the government is faced with the ultimate problem of leaving about 1,100 workers of the company without work. This, Without counting indirect workers and supplier companies and SMEs, a figure that could be even higher”.

“Can you imagine what it would be like to eliminate 60% of this industry? The problem would be multiplied by many more companies”, he stressed to the multi-union.

Based on the law that is being made, the president of the trade union unit, Alejandro Santibénez, announced that together with other trade union organizations and workers, they would mobilize “due to the zero criteria and lack of realism of those who believe that By legislating or governing from centralism they intend to put your foot back in the hands of the workers.

For his part, he from Salmonchile commented that the legislation creating the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service (SBAP) would jeopardize the development of salmon farming.

The foregoing is based on the fact that the executive proposed to amend Article 158 of the General Law on Fisheries and Aquaculture, to eliminate salmon farming in national and forest reserves in the future.

From Salmonchili he noted that there is aquaculture in the reserve today because “concessions were made in places that later became reserves, or where the original protected area was only on the mainland”.

He also warned that while Norway has defined in its strategic plan developed by the government- to increase its salmon production five times by 2050, in our country only sanctions are discussed.

The Salmon Association assures that this will mean a substantial change in existing market shares.

It should be noted that today Chile has 35% of the global market, and Norway has 45%. By 2050, Norway will reach 82% and Chile will drop to 11%. Only 10% of Norway’s sea is under official protection, while Chile has 40%.

“Furthermore, the absence of the Ministry of Economy in this debate continues to draw our attention, as it is imperative to evaluate the potential impacts on employment and growth of approving this proposal. announces the discussion of a new general law on aquaculture in the U.S., as this dialogue will begin with tighter restrictions on our activity”, he tells Salmonchili.

Finally, he stressed that salmon farming has created great opportunities in Biobío, La Araucanía, Los Lagos, Aysen and Magallanes, creating about 71,000 jobs.

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