LatinNews Daily - 28 June 2022

In brief: Partial turnout for Peru truckers’ strike

*Peru’s transport minister Juan Barranzuela has said that there was limited turnout for an indefinite strike called by heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers which began on 27 June. The strike was called over demands which include a reduction of VAT on fuel, longer lasting license periods and changes to Peru’s highways authority (Sutran) and has proved divisive for HGV unions. However, leader of the transport union in Junín region, Walter Solano, put turnout at 60% in the region while Luis Abel Conde Yáñez, the general secretary of a transport union in Tacna region, Sindicato de Conductores de Transporte Público de Tacna, put turnout at 100% in Tacna. The strike went ahead despite a meeting which took place on 25 June between representatives from HGV unions and deputy ministers from the presidency of the council of ministers (PCM), economy & finance ministry (MEF) and transport & communications ministry (MTC). Yesterday the government led by President Pedro Castillo announced a 30-day national state of emergency on Peru’s national road network which allows for the deployment of the military and police to prevent roadblocks.

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