Javiera Blanco, Chile’s Next Ministry of Labor
The former spokeswoman from the command of the President-elect’s campaign will assume the Ministry of Labor March 11.
SANTIAGO — 41-year-old Javiera Blanco is a Lawyer from Universidad Católica de Chile and Master in Public Policy and Management of Universidad de Chile. Before Michelle Bachelet’s governmental campaign, she performed as the first undersecretary woman of the Carabineros. Later, Blanco assumed the head of Paz Ciudadana Foundation and was part of the board of Paternitas, Proyecto B and Chilean Society of Public Policies, she also worked as an advisor in Comunidad Mujer.
After being appointed as a minister, Blanco said: “The determination of objectives will be set by the President at the time, the thing is that here, there is a cabinet of top-level men and women.” Also, she referred to possible meetings with the current Minister of Labor, Juan Carlos Jobet, “There is an agreement to start some dialogues and some meetings in the second half of February, we already made contact with the Minister of Labor and we will have meetings, will we have the last two weeks, and probably the first week of March, in order to move as expeditiously as possible,” said Blanco.
Blanco is currently facing the affairs with the Workers’ United Center of Chile (CUT): “We want our signature to be a ministry of dialogue, of encounter. Of course the voice of workers is an extremely important voice, and certainly, the Workers’ United Center of Chile (CUT) will be an important factor for our management, we will have, once we assume the ministry, meetings with these people,” she expressed.
Bárbara Figueroa, president of CUT, said “In the campaign period, as spokeswoman of the command, she strongly and with great conviction defended the transformative reforms of Nueva Mayoría. Today, we expect the same strength and conviction in the area she is going to assume, in order to generate the best conditions to adopt the labor reform in the shortest possible time.”
The President of CUT continued, “Javiera Blanco has many responsibilities ahead of her, we expect her energy to be moved to the Ministry of Labor in order to defend the labor reforms promised in Bachelet’s program, and I hope something beyond that, in order to establish labor reforms which help with Chilean inequality.”