Lawyer Alejandro Antonio Salas Zegarra He left the Culture portfolio tonight to take charge of the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion (MTPE), replacing Juan Lira Loayza, who was only in office for two months and one week.
Salas arrives at the MTPE just one week after a group of business associations suspended their participation in the National Labor Council due to the modification of the Collective Labor Relations Law. The amendments seek to promote freedom of association and collective bargaining.
As recalled, the business representatives pointed out that the publication of Supreme Decree No. 014-2022-TR disregards the MTPE’s commitment not to unilaterally make regulatory changes related to the issues included in the Draft Labor Code.
It is worth pointing out that union membership in Peru is 8.2% — as of July 2021 —, and in the private sector, it is 5.2%: figures well below those recorded in OECD member countries.