Mining Labour Strikes Escalate in Peru

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CEIC Macro Watch #32 - May 30, 2014 - Peru has been no stranger to labour strikes with more than 15,000 hours lost per 1,000 employees annually due to strikes during 1989-1990. Despite a slowdown in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, since 2007 strike occurrences have been alarmingly frequent with a significant shift up in lost hours per employee. The number of lost hours rose from 446.5 hours per 1,000 workers during 2006 to 2,144.5 hours per 1,000 workers during 2007, though this figure has eased slightly to 1,573.2 hours lost per 1,000 employees by 2013. Workers in the mining sector form the largest percentage of these labour movements largely due to the perceived inequality in rewards relative to improvements in working condition. The most common reason given for these strikes is the collective bargaining power to discuss better terms of employment. In 2000, there were just 37 incidences of strikes from the previous peak of 815 strikes observed during 1988. While strikes, at present, have been reduced to under 100 incidences since 1996 (with the exception of 2004), lost labour hours appear to have risen indicating more protracted strike periods post-1990 and more employees involved. By Darlene Tamayo Google+ Author Profile - CEIC Analyst Discuss this post and many other topics in our LinkedIn Group (you must be a LinkedIn member to participate). Request a Free Trial Subscription. Back to Blog

2nd June 2014 Mining Labour Strikes Escalate in Peru

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