The 1934 southern railway strike in Peru

Paulo Drinot

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This article examines the 1934 Southern Railway Strike, a largely neglected yet important episode in Peruvian labour history. The strike, which pitted the British-owned Peruvian Corporation against its workforce, resulted in victory for the company. Drawing on a variety of original primary sources, I examine the factors that shaped the development and outcome of the strike. I pay particular attention to the strategies developed by the company managers to defeat the workers. The success of these strategies, I suggest, owed in no small measure to the volatile political situation created by the insurgency tactics of APRA and the Communist Party, which made victory for the workers politically impossible, and to the capacity of the Peruvian Corporation managers to draw on 'imperial connections' in their dealings with the Peruvian government.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages28
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004


  • Business
  • Industrial relations
  • Informal imperialism
  • Labour
  • Nationalism
  • Populism


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