Teachers strike discredited and now the target of blame as the tourist industry suffers in Cusco.
Teachers in Cusco have been protesting for over a month demanding higher salaries.
These broken promises have been the main reason for the teacher’s long strike.
Because of the instability, some tourists canceled their scheduled trips.
Such chaos has irritated the owners of these private entities, all of which has revealed the following contradictions of this society.
(Photo: Cusco Acontece/ Facebook)
The population of Cusco has been severely polarized around this issue, and the Peruvian government has seized these divisions to weaken and discredit the righteous demands of the teachers.
Double standards and hypocrisy.
At the same time, some teachers insinuated that the so called “March for Peace” be called “March for the Piece….of the pockets of the travel industry business owners”.
“For instance, the outrageous costly train and airline tickets that Peru Rail and Lan charge to foreign individuals have never mobilized them to protest and defend the travelers’ interests.”
Dependability and vulnerability of the local economy.
Something else that has become self-evident in this situation is the serious weakness of Cusco’s economy. The city mainly runs on the money that visitors spend in the travel industry, which in turn becomes the number one source of employment for people in the region. Everybody who works in tourism understands that this is a very sensitive industry and that any kind of adverse political or environmental change could damage the travel sector badly and bring the flow of tourists down.
Failure to diversify the economy to create sustainability.
Peru is a country that fuels its economy by exporting raw materials such as minerals and natural gas.
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