A strike by tens of thousands of workers in Peru’s transport sector came to an end on the weekend following six days of disruptions to the country’s export sector.
The two unions that called the strike, the Transport and Logistics Guild (GTL) – which has more than 40,000 members in the heavy cargo transport sector – and AMERICA, on Saturday said their members would resume normal working duties.
Their demands of the government had included a reduction in fuel prices and road tolls, as well as improvements of logistical aspects in ports such as Callao, Paita and Pisco.
Peruvian Exports’ Association ADEX praise both sides for agreeing to end the strike that it had said cost the export sector US$250 in losses over the six days.
“Now we must keep working to lift the barriers that impede the growth of exports at an annual rate of 15%,” said Juan Varilias Velásquez, president of ADEX. But he added there were still changes that needed to be made in the country’s logistics sector to make transporting cargo more efficient.
“The agenda to make the export sector more competitive is vast and it is moving along in various work areas in which both authorities and private sector representatives are participating,” he said.
An end to the strike had been especially crucial so as not to impact the agricultural export sector, he said, with exports ongoing of fresh products like table grapes, mangoes, asparagus, bananas and blueberries.
“In February, value-added agro exports reached US$400 in value – a figure that was affected by the strike,” he said.