Construction: End of Strike?

To end the strike that has now been going on for almost a month, the Panamanian construction union suggested to the workers' union that the disagreement be resolved through arbitration.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

With two days to go before the strike enters its second month, and in view of the inability to reach an agreement, the Panamanian Chamber of Construction proposed to the Single Trade Union of Construction and Similar Workers (Suntracs) to arbitrate in order to resolve the conflict.

Prensa.com reports that "... The option of arbitration is typified in article 452 of the Labor Code and according to the Capac it could result in the suspension of the strike and the immediate return of workers to their respective jobs."

At the close of this edition, it was reported that the businessmen's union had approved "... in a general assembly increasing the salary proposal to 3% a year, according to sources from the construction sector. On the other hand, earlier, the workers' union gave approval in a general assembly to uphold the strike, now in its 28th day."

Up until now business leaders have maintained their initial proposal for a salary adjustment of 1%, therefore this change has created the expectation that talks with the union will resume and an agreement could be reached.

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