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US Govt. finds serious labour abuses in Peruvian export industries, following union complaint

"U.S. Department of Labor releases report finding serious labor rights abuses in key Peruvian export industries", 21 March 2016

On March 18th the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a report confirming widespread violations of fundamental labor rights in key Peruvian export sectors that supply the U.S. market with billions of dollars of goods annually.  The report was issued six months after the ILRF and Peruvian unions filed a complaint under the U.S. – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) asking the U.S. Government to investigate pervasive labor abuses taking place in Peru’s export garment, textile, and agro-industrial sectors.

In the report, DOL expresses “serious concerns” that Peru’s Non-Traditional Export Promotion Law, which allows large Peruvian exporters to employ their entire workforces on an unlimited series of short-term contracts, fails to protect workers’ fundamental right to organize as required under the PTPA.  The report describes how the tens of thousands of workers subject to the export promotion law frequently do not have their contracts renewed if they join a union...

Despite these findings, the report failed to include detailed plans on how the U.S. Government will ensure Peru fulfills its obligations under the PTPA.

[refers to concerns about Peruvian law raised by Nike, New Balance, PVH (Phillips-Van Heusen)]