Casino workers in Peru are on strike today, demonstrating to demand the reopening of the industry in front of the nation’s Congress building. More than 50,000 individuals are anticipated to engage in various strikes across the world, according to local media.
The National Chamber of Tourism released a statement at the beginning of November requesting former President Manuel Merino to allow the reactivation of various industries, including casinos and slot machines, stressing that the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism had already approved a protocol.
Johan Escalante, a representative of the casino employees, told local media outlet Exitosa “We’re already in compliance with protocols.
“All betting rooms have been adapted to comply with the guidelines established by the Ministry of Health and by Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism. We already have an approved pre-protocol, the [authorities] haven’t published it yet.”
The problem that, according to the National Superintendence of Customs and Tax Administration, has already contributed to a 21.8 percent decrease in taxes in September, or around US$232 million, has yet to be resolved by the Peruvian government.
Peru has lost nearly $42m in unpaid taxes as a result of casinos closing down almost eight months ago. At present, the sector directly employs more than 86,000 people and indirectly employs a further 26,000.