By PST- Peru (IWL/LIT section)
With a combative sit in the front of the store, located at Plaza San Miguel (Lima), which “veiled” labour rights, registered lying in a coffin, about 200 comrades, Ripley Union, responded to unfair dismissal 3 union activists Stores by Ripley, last May 1.
The encampment, which coincided with the commemoration of the global struggle of workers for 8 hours of work and sacrifice of the martyrs of Chicago, was not lightning in a clear sky. On the contrary, the union movement is in constant respect their rights. Fight that led them, in 2011, to conquer the payment of a base salary that respects at least the minimum living wage call, and that henceforth, has earned a place in the forefront of labour struggles in the country.
This attitude is consistent struggle which, on the other hand, the Union has earned the hostility of the employers. Which is why the company did not hesitate to bring criminal charges against Mirtha Llanos, Secretary General of the Union, for the realization of the strikes of november 5 and december 5, 2012. Allegations that, today are heard in the First and Third peace courts Lince and San Isidro, in charge of the judges Susan Coronado Ganika Jacqueline Zegarra and Higa, respectively, for the crime against public tranquillity, to the detriment Shops society and Ripley.
Finally, have also been reported by the publication in the newspaper mural Ripley department store, located in Villa El Salvador, the Act of requirement, issued by the Ministry of Labour to the company, by denaturing manners contracts employed. Resolution of a public character, however, the company intends to use as evidence of the alleged “violation of confidentiality”, by the leaders of the Union.
For these three cases, both as fellow Mirtha, purge risk jail. Hence, the struggle continues and today requires the broadest solidarity of the workers and popular organizations within and outside the country, to combat the abuse of the management of Ripley Shops, achieve the replacement of dismissed colleagues, respect labour rights of those working in the company and prevent criminal punishment is consumed Mirtha Llanos and union leaders.
For national and international campaign in solidarity with the Union Ripley
Ripley Union The situation is the same as live, every day, hundreds of unions, which are only on the employer, intransigence and abuse, often in conditions of greater disadvantage, smallness or youth unions. Hence, the just struggle of Ripley Union, needs the full support and active.
In the complaint, which airs on Prime peace courts Lynx and San Isidro, by Judge Susan Coronado Zegarra, Mirtha accompanying charges brought against fellow Mark Centeno, Giancarlo Cornejo, Hugo Visosa, Guillermo Díaz, Jhon Cordova, Christian Cornejo, Rocio Tineo, Elida Zafra, Sandra Ceron, Jorge Cardosa, Antonio Rubio, Edwin Ortiz, Secretary General of the Union of Saga Falabella stores, and Juan Guajardo, Secretary General of the Union of Bank Falabella.
In the trial that followed in the peace courts Third Lynx and San Isidro, by Judge Jacqueline Higa Ganika are charged, also, Mark Centeno, Luis Saavedra, Giancarlo Cornejo, Hugo Visosa, Christian Cornejo, Guillermo Diaz Rocio Tineo, Silvia Elera, Juan Guajardo, Secretary General of the Union of Bank Falabella, and Luis Torres, Secretary General of the Union of Bank Ripley.
We call on all organizations to send letters of solidarity with the Union of Ripley, suing the company for the immediate cessation of the harassments, respect for the labour rights of workers, overtime pay and collective bargaining, and the archiving immediately of prosecutions against Mirtha Llanos and members of its board and even against union leaders Stores Saga Falabella, Bank Saga Falabella and Bank Ripley, only solidarity and be present in the seedlings convened by the Union Ripley.
Tania Turriate, replacement!
In fact, it sets a dangerous precedent, on April 8, the 18th of the Labour Court, by Judge Ofelia Angélica Toledo López de Vigo, ruled against the lawsuit by Tania Turriate farewell Cavero, the main driving the formation of the Union of Workers of Bank Ripley, for wrongful dismissal against Bank Ripley (Case number 072-2013).
In his decision, the judge concluded that there is “wrongful dismissal” because the company “did not know” that the partner Tania was organizing the union. I mean, now is supposed to build our unions, workers, we must “inform” the Company or will be likely to be dismissed without further. This is complete nonsense, because all young people experience unions that exist today, is that of a secret construction to prevent precisely the immediate dismissal of the organizers of the same.
Tania companion has already submitted its appeal to the 18th Court for Transitional Work, by Judge Ofelia Lopez Toledo, which is why we call a campaign, demanding the reinstatement of resolved companion, as applicable to the annulment of his dismissal, for violating the constitutional right to unionize.