In Peru, striking miners are under an ultimatum, issued on 30 August, to end a four-week-old stoppage which has cost the country 60 million dollars in lost export revenue.
In Peru, striking miners are under an ultimatum, issued on 30 August, to end a four-week-old stoppage which has cost the country 60 million dollars in lost export revenue. But on Monday (4 September), the deadlock was continuing. The miners say they will not give in.
SYNOPSIS: Many of the out-of-work mines are camping with their families on the outskirts of the capital, Lima. Some of them walked in long marches during the last few weeks from their mining towns inland, and now live in makeshift camps.
The miners say that before they can accept any peace proposal, 320 union militants sacked during the past 18 months must be reinstated. The government has told them they will all be sacked if they do not return to work, but the 45,000-strong National Union of Miners says they will not give in.
The Miners and their families have become more organised since they congregated in Lima, and here banners are prepare for a major demonstration. A small number of miners have trickled back to work after the government put the biggest mines under military rule, but a plaza in Lima was to see a major demonstration (1 September) in support of the strike. A personal offer by President Francisco Morales Bermudez to lift a ban on strikes in exchange for a return to work has been largely ignored, the miners threatened to go on a hunger strike.
The state of emergency in the provinces did not deter this demonstration in Lima. While the 2.5 million dollar-a-day strike continues, President Bermudez says general elections may be held earlier than the planned date of 1980.