About five-thousand young people marched through the streets of Peru’s capital Lima on Monday to demand the repeal of a newly passed youth labour law.
Protesters disrupted traffic in some avenues of central Lima and took over a freeway, but the demonstration remained peaceful.
The law will allow private companies to strip workers aged 18-24 of certain benefits such as gratuities, bonuses, life insurance and worker’s compensation insurance, local media reported.
In addition, young workers will only get 15 days of leave and they may not stay working at the same company for more than three years, local media reported.
Peru’s Congress passed the law last week as part of an economic reform package.
Young workers believe the legislation will enable private companies to exploit them.
The labour law will be in effect for five years and will apply to all companies, no matter their size or what sector they employ young workers.
Similar protests were also held on Monday in other cities across the country.
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