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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.

Patricio Melero

LABOR AND SOCIAL SECURITY MINISTER

Mr. Melero holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad de Chile. Between 1985 and 1989, he served as assistant professor in the Department of Rural Development of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the Universidad de Chile. 

He began his political career as vice-president of the students’ federation at the Universidad de Chile (FECECH) between 1977 and 1978. A few years later he became vice-president of the Frente Juvenil de Unidad Nacional (National Youth Unity Front) and was director of the Secretario Nacional de la Juventud (National Youth Secretariat). Between 1985 and 1989, Mr. Melero served as mayor of the municipality of Pudahuel in the Metropolitan Region. 

Patricio Melero has an extensive parliamentary track record, as he was a deputy during the legislative periods: 1990-1994, 1994-1998, 1998-2002, 2002-2006, 2006-2010, 2010-2014 and 2014-2018. He has been a member of standing committees on Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Treasury, Labor and Social Security within the Chamber of Deputies

He served as second vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies between December 1992 and August 1993 and President of the Chamber of Deputies between March 2011 and March 2012.

From 2003 to 2005, he was secretary-general of the political party Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI) and was President of that same party from 2012 to 2014.

Fernando Arab

LABOR UNDERSECRETARY

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.