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Peru: Union organizer expelled

In partnership with UNI Global Union. Based in Nyon, Switzerland, UNI represents 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions in the fastest growing sectors in the world – skills and services.

Orhan Akman, a German trade union organizer who has been working for UNI Americas in Peru over the last few years, has been expelled from the country. Through peaceful demonstrations alongside Peruvian workers, Akman has successfully overseen unionization and collective bargaining at companies such as Cencosud. The Peruvian government has accused Akman of “disrupting public order, tranquility and social peace” and has therefore been refused reentry to the country. Despite the authorities claiming to have evidence to corroborate these claims, no proof has been produced. We demand that Mr. Akman’s name be completely cleared and that he is entitled to freely enter and move throughout the country.

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