Diario Financiero | Collective bargaining results for 2022: more strikes were approved, but fewer materialized

Jan 13, 2023

During the processing of the labor reform, sectors warned of an increase in conflict, but the data show a drop in stoppages in companies.

Collective bargaining is returning to normal, pre-pandemic levels. This is what the first year-end figures of the Dirección del Trabajo (DT) show.

In 2022 there were 3,156 collective bargaining processes, which means a drop of 12.9% when compared to 2021 and an increase of 10.6% versus 2020, a year marked by the postponement of several bargaining processes due to Covid-19.

If we compare the data with 2017 – the year in which the labor reform of former President Michelle Bachelet came into effect – we see that negotiations rose by 8%.

According to the figures, the number of strikes executed in the country (i.e., those that took place) is falling.

In detail, in 2022, 636 work stoppages were approved, but only 93 were carried out, which corresponds to 14.6%. With respect to 2021, it can be seen that the strikes approved rose by 5.8%, but those carried out fell by 21.1%.

For Jorge Arredondo, partner of az labor group, the numbers are sustained over time, and ratify that the legislation does not incentivize conflict “but rather establishes more conversed and arranged forms of solution between the parties“.

Source: Diario Financiero, January 13, 2023.

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