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Ministry of Labor and Social Security

This ministry contributes to Chile’s development by driving public policies that promote decent jobs, vocational training, health and safety in the workplace, greater integration of vulnerable groups into the job market as well as the regulatory changes required for the expansion and exercise of workers’ rights, particularly collective rights. The Ministry will also promote the necessary changes to the pension system.

María José Zaldívar


Ms. Zaldívar holds Degrees in History and Law from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. From 2005-2014 she was part of the Superintendence of Social Security, first as an informant lawyer (2005), then as a prosecutor (2006-2010) and finally as Superintendent of Social Security, a position she held until May 2014. Later, Ms. Zaldívar assumed the role of General Manager at a nonprofit that carries out research into social security Corporación de Investigación, Estudio y Desarrollo de la Seguridad Social (CIEDESS).

During her professional career she has taught various courses at Universidad Andrés Bello, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, at the law school of Universidad del Desarrollo and, since 2014, she has been a professor for the Business Law department of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has written a series of publications regarding public policy with a focus on law.

She is married and has four children.

Fernando Arab


Mr. Arab holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with a major in Civil Law. He also holds a Diploma in Law pertaining to Labor and Social Security in companies and a Master’s degree in Law with a major in Business Law from the same university.

Currently he is a Business Law professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile for both undergraduate and graduate level courses.

Mr. Arab served as Labor Undersecretary during the administration of Sebastián Piñera from 2013 to 2014.

He has presented at several labor-related conferences both in Chile and abroad and he has also written various publications on this topic.

Mr. Arab is married and is the father of three children.

Pedro Pizarro

Social Security Undersecretary

Mr. Pizarro holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a master’s in Tax Management from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (2008).

He has specialized in corporate counseling on tax matters and as a trial attorney in commercial, civil and tax matters.

Prior to his appointment, he worked as an attorney with law firm Guerrero y Cía, and was part of the technical roundtable that counseled the government on labor legislation and quality of life.

In the public sphere, he is vice-president of the Renovación Nacional political party.