Law at the observatories
Originally in Spanish, published by La Tercera, on September 1st, 2014.
“According to Article 5 in the Constitution, the fundamental rights: access to justice, or to the “natural judge” emanate from human nature itself and are acknowledged as such by the State, who, therefore, cannot grant nor eliminate these rights,” he stated, within a legal opinion requested by the Paranal Union (ESO).
ALMA strike stirs up Chilean labour unions
Nature, September 19th, 2013
In practice, this means that the observatories are run like small states within Chile — a fact that rankles some union leaders. Slusarenko says that whereas unsafe Chilean businesses could be subject to inspection by a labour ministry agency, no such avenue exists at ESO sites. “Where do I go to protect employees?” he asks.