Peru Farmworkers Block Pan-American Highway Again in Pay Dispute

The workers, demanding that agro-exporting companies raise their salaries from $11 to $18 a day, used rocks, burning tires and an overturned minivan to block the highway.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (AFP) Striking Peruvian workers temporarily erected new blockades on the Pan-American Highway on Saturday, a day after they had ended a five-day blockage following the shelving of a controversial agricultural law.

"We want to solve the salary issue," said a worker manning a blockade near the city of Ica, 275 kilometers (170 miles) south of the capital Lima.

The workers, demanding that agro-exporting companies raise their salaries from $11 to $18 a day, used rocks, burning tires and an overturned minivan to block the highway.

The blockade near Ica began shortly before noon . . .

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