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  • The incident spurred protests against McDonald's and claims on social media, by people who said they had worked for the chain, of unsafe working conditions, low wages, and unpaid work.

    The incident spurred protests against McDonald's and claims on social media, by people who said they had worked for the chain, of unsafe working conditions, low wages, and unpaid work. | Photo: Reuters

Published 26 December 2019

The investigation follows the electrocution of two teenager workers, a couple who had been working for the fast-food chain for several months to pay their studies, according to their families.

Peru´s labor watchdog has found McDonald's Corp´s Latin America franchisee Arcos Dorados guilty of six "very serious" violations of local safety and health laws following the deaths of two employees in a restaurant kitchen.

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The Labor Ministry's regulating body (Sunafil) proposed that the company be fined US$254,000 over the deaths.

Arcos Dorados, which operates all 29 McDonald's restaurants in Peru, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Alexandra Porras, 18, and Carlos Campo, 19 were electrocuted earlier this month in Lima, while cleaning the kitchen.

Protesters have taken to the streets carrying posters bearing the victims' photos and slogans reading: "Justice for Alexa and Gabriel."

Labor Minister Sylvia Caceres affirmed a news conference Thursday that the government has improved business health and safety regulations in response to the case. 

The current system of one inspection of companies per year is being replaced by as many spot inspections as necessary, she said.

The death of these two teenagers is not an exceptional incident in this South American country. On average, two workers have died every three days since the beginning of the year, according to the Labor Ministry's data.

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