Peruvian youth march to protest new labor law
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Peruvian youth march to protest new labor law

Thousands of young Peruvians marched in at least nine cities protesting a new law that strips workers between ages 18 and 24 of some labor rights.

In Lima, some of the more than 5,000 marchers clashed with tear gas-hurling police Thursday night, pelting them with sticks and stones. Police did not release numbers on injuries and arrests.

It was the fourth such march since Congress passed the law in early December. Critics say it favors employers, converting one in 15 Peruvians into cheap labor.

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Under the law, workers ages 18 to 24 who are dismissed don’t get severance pay. Workers in the age group also get only half the vacation of older workers. And they won’t be paid the twice yearly bonuses of one month’s wages standard for others.

Associated Press