SANTIAGO, Chile, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 75 union leaders from the LATAM Group in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay are meeting in Chile in order to expand the conflict to each one of these countries.
LAN Airlines is owned by the LATAM Group, the largest passenger and airline cargo company in Latin America, a result of the merger of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines. The company continues to operate under these two major brands.
The union leaders meeting in Santiago represent more than 50,000 workers in the LATAM Group and are unanimous in denouncing the anti worker practices and the multiple conflicts with aviation workers throughout the region. These conflicts include the strike in Chile, and the anti-union dismissal of the president of the Ecuadorian aviation union, Jimena Lopez without just cause. In Colombia, the company is laying off experienced mechanics and cargo workers.
The LAN and TAM Airline union leaders are meeting with the striking workers in Chile in order to expand and escalate the conflict and to expose the anti worker policies of the largest passenger and cargo airline company in Latin America.
At the Santiago airport passengers were absent from the LAN check in counters during a demonstration on Saturday by the striking LAN workers and their families.
LATAM is a full member of the One World Alliance. The group has bilateral agreements with American Airlines, Iberia, Qantas, Lufthansa, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Air Canada and Aero México.
The union leaders meeting in Santiago, Chile are members of the LATAM Network of Unions and affiliates of the International Federation of Transport Workers (ITF) representing 5 million transport workers in the world, in 706 unions in 154 countries.
For more information:
Luis Chávez Garrido, President, Union of Lan Express Workers /Federation of LAN Workers Tel. 56 9 68320444. www.sindilanex.cl / Facebook / @LanNego
Eric Arce, Secretary, Union of LAN Express Workers Tel. +56968343016
Nancy Arancibia Olivares, periodista Red LATAM
Dina Feller, coordinadora de la RED LATAM ITF
Tel: +54 911 63030725. Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Red-Latam-ITF - Twitter: @LATAMNETWORKITF
SOURCE International Transport Workers’ Federation