Perú - Local governments discriminate against unionised informal economy workers

The self-employed workers’ union Red Nacional de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras Autoempleados del Perú, which also represents informal economy workers, denounced various union busting tactics and manoeuvres discriminating against union members.

Local governments refused to grant unionised workers permits to work on the public highway, arguing that they needed to be listed in the association register regulated by the Civil Code. The municipal authorities do not recognise the trade union organisation, which means the workers are not covered by collective agreements and any protests or sit-ins they hold are rapidly dispersed by municipal police officers, with the backing of the National Police of Peru.

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