Unions continue pressure in the copper sector

10 April 2017

The striking workers at Freeport-McMoRan’s copper mine in the department of Arequipa finally accepted the company’s offer of improved family health benefits and an earlier date for the payment of their share of profits. The 1300 employees returned to work on 31 March after 18 days on strike, having failed to achieve their demand for an increased share of profits. A similar demand is now being made by workers at the Southern Peru’s mines, Toquepala and Cuajone, with an indefinite strike called for 10 April. The CEO of Southern, Oscar Gonzalez, interviewed in Santiago by Reuters, said that the company expected the Ministry of Labour to rule against the strike, which would enable the company to employ non-contract workers to keep production going. ‘The company would seek agreement through dialogue’.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southern-copper-strike-idUSKBN1760AG

All news

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

  • Why join the PSG?

    • Keep up to date with latest news and developments in Peru
    • Learn about key issues of poverty, development and human rights in Peru
    • Support the work of the Peru Support Group

    Become a member