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Women’s popular movement and the Shining Path: The contradictions of patriarchal women's emancipation
Article about the Peruvian anarcho-syndicalist movement with details of its influential involvement in numerous strikes, its far-reaching network of cultural associations and its influences from other syndicalist movements in the region.
Peruvian anarcho-syndicalism: adapting transnational influences and forging counterhegemonic practices, 1905-1930
Steven J. Hirsch
University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
The mass sacking of 35 trade union organisers at Topy Top, Peru's most profitable textiles exporter, has prompted a callout for worldwide protests against near slave-labour conditions at the firm's factories.
Six people were killed on April 5 when police attacked a roadblock set up by miners on a wildcat strike.
Officials claimed that the workers were protesting at the government’s push to impose environmental controls on them, although one observer commented that it was more likely that the government was motivated by financial interests than saving the planet.
Peru's biggest federation of mining unions said workers will go on strike nationwide starting on Monday despite efforts by the government to avert the walkout, officials said on Sunday.
It would be the second nationwide strike this year in Peru, the world's third-largest producer of copper and zinc, and fifth-largest producer of gold. A strike in May, which was halted after five days, pushed up global metals prices.
"Mine workers will go on strike tomorrow (Monday)," said Julio Ortiz, a director of the federation.
As an indefinite teachers strike continues into its 12th day, farmers, miners and construction workers joined the protests, with one farmer shot dead by police.
The latest death brings the reported death toll to 4 over the last week in what has been described by some media as a general strike. The strike began when the teachers union struck against a new law requiring all teachers to sit regular competency exams (libcom.org coverge here).
Teachers in Peru launched a one-day strike to protest against legislation currently being debated in Parliament.
The government is proposing to reform the education system by forcing teachers to take regular competency exams. A teacher failing the exam three times could then be fired. Unions have strongly protested, claiming that the new law will allow arbitrary sackings.
Miners in Canada, Mexico and Peru are either currently striking or planning strike action.
In Canada the mining group Inco has been forced to cancel deliveries as a strike by 3300 workers at its Sudbury Mine in Ontario. Workers have been on strike for a week after negotiations on a new contract broke down.
A unlimited strike has come to an end after the goverment agreed to the miners' demands.
Workers for the state-run mining company demanded an increase in their salaries and pensions and an end to the involvement of private companies, especially the use of subcontractors who do not offer benefits such as retirement plans to employees.