Demands are for a reduction of hours to 40 per week but with pay for 45 hours and companies to take on transportation and food costs.
Construction workers are demanding a reduction of their working hours to 40 hours, but with payment corresponding to a 45 business hour week. They also want companies to assume the costs of food for employees, as well as transport and delivery of 5 uniforms twice a year.
When vacancies arise companies fill them paying the new employee less than before, and give them even more demanding requirements.
A Manpower study outlined in an article in Prensalibre.com notes that in Guatemala "requirements are increased when new staff are hired, however the wages offered are not in line with the international market.
The Industrial Union of Panama will not accept the proposal made by President Martin Torrijos to grant a bonus to employees.
The Union's General Assembly pointed out that what is need at this time are solutions "for the various structural problems that are affecting us negatively and preventing us from being more productive and competitive, and that will help to improve the purchasing power and well-being of all Panamanians."