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Washington University in St. Louis

Publication Date

Fall 2010

Program Name

Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development


This investigation focuses on the history of security in the mining sector of Chile, and attempts to do so from the perspective of the miners’ and workers’ unions. The aim of the investigation was to explore specifically the changes coming regarding security in mining in the aftermath of the accident in the San José mine of August 5, 2010; changes in the government, changes in the country’s legislation, and what role the workers’ organizations are playing in these changes, and what changes it is that they are asking for.

At the end of the investigation it still remained to be seen what major changes, if any, were going to occur through the legislative and executive bodies of the government to assure higher levels of security for the workers. A large focus point of the workers’ organizations is centered on the ratification of the convention 176 of the International Workers’ Organization, an affiliate of the United Nations. The workers’ organization, specifically those with close ties to the San José mine are using the spotlight of the accident to try to have their voice heard.


Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Law | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility | Natural Resources Law | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law | State and Local Government Law