ICYMI: Labor Department Raises Concerns Over Peru Labor Law

Brian Mahoney

The Labor Department is raising significant concerns about the ability of Peruvian textile, apparel and agricultural workers to freely organize in a report released Friday. The report is a response to a complaint filed last year by Peruvian labor unions, which have accused their government of failing to comply with labor standards established under a 2009 trade agreement with the United States.

The unions said in their complaint that a Peruvian law violates international standards on the right to organize by allowing employers to continue to hire non-traditional export sector workers on unlimited temporary contracts - some as short as 15 days - which creates an environment where employees are reluctant to organize labor unions or demand certain rights.

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