Saturday , April 10 2021

Bocamina I: workers show concern about the social impact that will have thermoelectric closure National



Bokamina's workers expressed concern about the social impact that created the closure of the Thermal Power Plant in Coronel.

Because of the above, they require training and economic incentives for those who are excluded.

In the talks with the company are members of the Enel Union, following the announcement of the process of discolouring the energy matrix, which includes the closure of Bokamina 1 before December 31, 2023.

Although regional union director Rene Cebalos assessed the environmental impact announcement, he expressed concerns about job losses, bearing in mind that in the unit has 98 employees, in addition to the respective contractors.

"That leaves us somewhat calm in a way, given that the company has said that there will be no layoffs from workers, but we also see with concern, given that reversion and internal mobility are not much inside the company ", reflects the leader.

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For its part, the company announced a resettlement plan for workers, which will be implemented in the coming years.

In that sense, the union proposes the realization of the training and economic incentives for those who are excluded.

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In addition, Kebalos added that they will meet with contracting firms because they are demanding closure of Bowamina 1 to induce least impact on workers.

"We look at it with concern, given that the reversion and internal mobility are not very much inside the company"

– Renee Cebalos, Director of the Regional Union of Enel

The thermal power plant in question will close before December 31, 2023, but the other plant, Bokamin II, will stop before 2040; measures that were assessed as not enough by Senator Alejandro Navarro.

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Because of this, the MP added that COP25's credibility in Chile has been destroyed if the host country does not fulfill obligations at the Climate Change Summit.


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