Senasa strike begins despite improved bonus offers by the Government

Agro-exports may suffer a major blow if the work of the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) stops, as the members of the union of said institution have announced for this October 24 due to the frustrated negotiations for the increase in salary scales (similar approval to the other agencies attached to Midagri).

According to media such as "Kimbiri VRAEM", the Senasa office in Kimbiri (Cusco) was found closed this morning and with various posters announcing the start of the strike. Meanwhile, from Tacna, "Radio Uno" reported that the Santa Rosa border complex in that city was blocked by Senasa workers, requiring police intervention. Also in the north, the media outlet "Tumbes Digital" reports the support of the workers to the force measure.

Javier Bereche, president of the Chamber of Commerce (Camco) of Piura, urged the Government to meet the salary demands of the Senasa union so as not to harm agricultural exports. “The government must guarantee the issuance of these certificates, since they are a priority to certify that the product meets the health requirements and therefore ensure the entry of our merchandise to the demanding destination countries. If the certificate is not issued, the agricultural merchandise would not leave the country and other activities in the logistics chain would also be affected”, he commented for the Piura newspaper “El Tiempo”.

On Sunday night, Senasa announced that it had sent the union a third and final improved proposal for a single and extraordinary bonus to be delivered in December of this year for S/ 2.000. To this would be added an additional bonus as a one-time Exceptional Bonus of S/ 550, also in December, obtained by subscribing to the Centralized Collective Bargaining last June.

The health governing body also reported that there is a commitment with the MEF to deliver another similar single economic allocation in 2023, which does not condition negotiations for next year or the waiver of benefits for said fiscal year (such as the monthly salary increase for all workers of the 728 and CAS regimes), product of centralized negotiation. The proposal had to be accepted before October 26, after which they will not be able to sustain it.

"Given our commitment to the country, our users and citizens in general, we inform that together we will implement the necessary actions in order to guarantee the continuity of the services we provide, always in compliance with current regulatory provisions," he concluded in the release.

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