The Peruvian Government on Saturday, (6 January), imposed a state of emergency in the country and suspended constitutional guarantees for thirty days in response to a threatened three day general strike next week by the powerful, Communist led, General Confederation of Peruvian Workers.
LV PAN DOWN & CU Piles of garbage in street. (2 SHOTS)
LV PAN Piles of garbage in street outside residential building.
LV PAN DOWN Government building with pile of rubbish, and small boy in foreground.
SV Children pass rubbish in street.
TRACKING SHOT Piles of rubbish in gutter and roadside.
GV & CU Boys playing smouldering ruble and rubbish outside town. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: The Peruvian Government on Saturday, (6 January), imposed a state of emergency in the country and suspended constitutional guarantees for thirty days in response to a threatened three day general strike next week by the powerful, Communist led, General Confederation of Peruvian Workers. The current climate of industrial unrest in Peru has been exacerbated by a strike by municipal workers which has turned parts of the Peruvian capital, Lima in to a garbage dump.
SYNOPSIS: The strike by garbage collectors and other local workers is entering its third week. The result...ugly, smelly piles of garbage litter the nation's capital. In a city which already has a huge sanitation problem in its slum areas, the uncollected garbage is a serious threat to the health of the people of Lima. Fears of disease and rat infestation are widespread. The municipal worker's strike continued as the Confederation of Peruvian Workers is preparing to stage a three-day general strike from the ninth of January in protest against living conditions, rising unemployment and continued dismissal of workers.
The last time the Confederation of Workers staged a two-day general strike was last May. That withdrawal of labour paralysed the country and left twenty-two people dead, after widespread riots.
The Peruvian Government has been attempting to control its runway economy, by introducing austerity measures to reduce the budget deficit. Reuters reports that some thirty thousand government workers are expected to be sacked within the next twelve months, at a time when half of Peru's workforce is either unemployed or under-employed. The unions are campaigning on the theme of the right to work and the right to strike. Reuters reported on the fifth of January that police had detained scores of Labour leaders in an apparent effort by the Peruvian government to prevent the general strike. Those held by the police include ten officials of unions affiliated to the Confederation of Peruvian Workers.