The dockworkers’ union at Peru’s biggest port, Callao, has reached agreement to end a three-week strike APM Callao’s North terminal, with provisions that include improved benefits and modifications to a system for scheduling shifts,
The stoppage since May 13, 2015 has held up imports and will likely stoke inflation, according to an exporters’ association
General secretary Geraldo Honores said that members of his SUTRAMPORPC union have voted to back the deal and will sign it with the company. The union represents 650 workers at the APM terminal which it has operated since April 2011. APM has not yet responded to requests for an official comment.
The workers went on strike to press for better working conditions and to protest a new system for selecting shifts. APM Terminals had started using a computer programme to schedule shifts after police said some dockworkers were helping smuggle drugs out of Peru by hiding packets in export containers. According to the US, Peru is the world’s top producer of cocaine.
Union spokesman Juan Carlos Vargas said APM Terminals agreed to improve benefits for workers and make adjustments to the computerised shift-selecting system. The northern terminal handles 75% of Callao’s capacity, especially shipments of foods and basic goods.