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After signing agreements, several transport unions raise strike in Peru

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Three other unions of carriers in Peru decided this Monday to lift the indefinite strike called from this day, after signing a memorandum of agreements with the Ministry of Transport and Communications, with which the protest at the national level has been practically dissolved.

The Ministry of Transport announced on its social networks that “dialogue was imposed” by announcing that the leaders of Lima and the neighboring province of Callao signed the act, after holding talks with the Deputy Minister of Transport, Luis Rivera.

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On Sunday, 70% of the carrier groups had signed the agreements with the ministry, but there was a minority group that kept the stoppage standing, which was accepted without major incidents and reduced road blockades.

The leaders who agreed to lift the strike this Monday were Ricardo Pareja, from the Chamber of Urban Transport; Martín Valeriano, from the National Association for the Integration of Transporters (Anitra), and Emeterio Valdiviezo, from the Association of Transporters’ Union Companies (Asetraca).

The carriers promised to continue talking with the technical table to find definitive solutions to their demands, the Peruvian ministry said.

Economic compensation

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Pareja told the newspaper La República that the 16,000 units of the unions that called for the strike will return to work normally in the next few hours.

In addition, he confirmed that they will continue to be in contact with ministry officials to receive financial compensation to alleviate the increase in fuel prices.

However, the position of the multimodal transport union, led by Geovani Diez, remains pending in the regions where unemployment has had the greatest incidence since Monday, La República pointed out.

Hours before, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Juan Barranzuela, declared that around 24.8% of carriers had complied with the nationwide strike.

The official, who on Sunday announced consensus with a “majority” sector of the carriers’ union to end the strike called for this Monday, urged the sectors that “still persist in their position” to continue the dialogue with the authorities.

blockades in the north

Although the day took place normally in several regions of the country, such as Puno, Tacna and Arequipa, in other parts of the national territory there were mobilizations and road closures, according to the local press.

The most notable actions were reported in the northern departments of Lambayeque and Piura, where truckers burned tires and blocked roads in the area, and also in Callao, the port province near Lima, where some protesters staged a sit-in and others punctured tires to impede the movement of vehicles.

After days of conversations between representatives of the Government and leaders of the transport sector, Barranzuela assured the day before that, “by a majority”, a consensus had been reached to lift the measure of force, but some groups announced that they would abide by the stoppage in the face of their opposition to the agreements reached at the dialogue table.

Among others, the Government undertook to incorporate urban transport into the 70% refund benefit of the selective consumption tax applicable to diesel fuel until December 2025.

In addition, it established a temporary economic benefit for four months of 40% of the amount of tolls for interprovincial and urban freight transport companies, and assured that it will promote measures to promote the acquisition of vehicles with clean energy.

This Monday’s strike is the second forceful measure of Peruvian transporters in a week, since last Monday a sector of the heavy cargo transporters union began an indefinite strike, which also had a minimal impact.

Given this scenario, the Executive declared a “state of emergency” in the National Road Network for 30 days and restricted constitutional rights such as free transit on the highways to avoid public disorder.

This is the second massive protest by the transport union that the Government of Pedro Castillo has faced in its eleven months in office, since last April a strike in the same sector, which resulted in six deaths and dozens of injuries, motivated a mobilization in Lima before the controversial curfew decreed by the president for April 5. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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