The Single Union of Maritime and Port Workers of Puerto del Callao (SUTRAMPORPC) stopped activities at Peru's APM Terminals Callao (APMTC) due to an alleged non-compliance with safety and health measures against the coronavirus. In addition, SUTRAMPORPC requests that all workers be tested for COVID-19.
Given this situation, the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion (MTPE), the National Port Authority (APN), and the Callao Regional Health Directorate (DIRESA Callao) met with the Union on Friday, June 5 to inform them, among other things, that the APMTC's ongoing protocols already include conducting rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Likewise, DIRESA Callao explained the guidelines on when tests should be carried out from a technical point of view, confirming that APMTC complies with the established technical guidelines.
After the meeting, the union decided not to resume its work. In an interview with Prensa Chalaca, the secretary of SUTRAMPORPC, Roberto Mora, said that they have not worked for more than four days. "The APM Terminals Callao company hasn't given us a solution to prevent us from getting coronavirus, so what we're asking is that all 680 workers be tested to discard that any of us have this virus because we are in fear of infecting our family. Unfortunately, this situation has gotten out of control, we have lost three of our colleagues."
APMTC assured that the prevention protocols implemented have been validated by the competent authorities. In addition, they have started performing 100 serological COVID-19 tests per week. "This is an additional action to prevent and control COVID-19 and it's not part of the provisions of the Ministry of Health (MINSA). This shows that the APMTC has complied, from the beginning of the health emergency, with all the prevention, hygiene, and mitigation measures against the virus. We must also highlight that the best prevention is to strictly comply with protocols inside and outside the terminal," the company stated.