Chilean port workers and the experience of the eventuality: The conflicts over the redondilla in the saltpeter docks (1916-1923)


Chilean port workers and the experience of the eventuality: The conflicts over the redondilla in the saltpeter docks (1916-1923)
Rebolledo, Camilo Santibáñez
Classical Bulletin, Issue 1, 2019; p.214
doi: https://doi.org/10.33909/cb/94.2019.01.94
Abstract

This article studies the conflictive establishment and derogation of a system of rotating distribution of work in the slaughtering operations of saltpeter, called "la redondilla". In the context of eventual contracting that continued with the destruction of the nineteenth-century port guilds, this rotating system imposed by the government and the shipping companies on the wharves of northern Chile, sank its roots in the same labor demand that it tried to contain: persistent propensity of day laborers and longshoremen to take charge of the sale of their work force, removing from the middle the agents who administered the hiring of the men required for such tasks. The result of this tension, culminated in the first effort of governmental deseventualización in the Chilean coasts, between 1922 and 1923.


KEYWORDS

Chile; twentieth century; port workers; work eventuality; redondilla 


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