The current labour legislation in Peru was approved during the government of Alberto Fujimori, imprisoned since 2005 for human rights violations and corruption. In the neoliberal wave of the 1990s, Fujimori, as well as Fernando Henrique in Brazil, tried to make flexible workers' rights and weaken their main defense mechanism: trade unions.
The current President of the country, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK, as he is known), returns with the intention of eliminating even more rights and finally weaken unions.
The labour reform led by PPK is very similar to the one proposed by Michel Temer in Brazil: hinder workers' access to justice; remove unions' control to negotiate on every dismissal process; extend the classification of "young worker" until 29 years old in order to contract with fewer rights a greater number of workers; eliminate health admissible examinations and limit their scope at the end of the labour contract; request the entry of the country into the OECD; weaken or make tripartite consultation totally irrelevant; approve discounts of 90% and more for labour legislation breaches and many others.
Peru is already one of the most anti-union countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, where firing a union leader is very simple and almost without consequences for the employer.
This is why, on July 19th, Peruvian workers will hold a National Day of fight and protests against these new attacks on their labour rights. The Regional Representative of the BWI, Nilton Freitas, directly expressed to the General Secretary of the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP), Gerónimo López Sevillano, the international support and solidarity of the BWI.
In his speech at the International Labour Conference June 14th in Geneva, Gerónimo López denounced to the international community "the continuity of the anti-worker policy promoted by large corporations and defended by the current Government, trying to impose a Reform that eliminates beneficial norms for workers reached so far turning the employment into a precarious way of living, without any type of dialogue".