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Continuity Despite ChangeThe Politics of Labor Regulation in Latin America$
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Matthew E. Carnes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789431

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789431.001.0001

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Fragmented Individualism:Professional Labor Regulation in Chile

Fragmented Individualism:Professional Labor Regulation in Chile

(p.96) Chapter 4 Fragmented Individualism:Professional Labor Regulation in Chile
Continuity Despite Change

Matthew E. Carnes

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines Chile as an example of a “professional” labor law regime, characterized by laws that strongly protect individual labor relations but fragmented and weaken collective labor relations and unions. It traces the roots of Chile’s early labor laws to patterns of labor recruitment in Chile’s geographically isolated mines, its ports, and its urban professional sectors. It then shows how subsequent periods of economic development further fragmented coordination across labor unions, while preserving significant individual protections for a reduced share of the workforce in skilled or critical economic sectors.

Keywords:   Chile, labor law, miners, craft workers, professionals, syndicalism, reforms

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