Construction Paralyzed in Panama

Unions and business leaders are still in negotiations to end the strike that has been going on since last Wednesday, affecting all construction projects in the country, including the expansion of Tocumen and Metro Line 2.

Friday, April 20, 2018

The work stoppage has affected almost 100% of the works under construction in the country, from private projects to other state run projects, such as the expansion of the Panama City airport and expansion of the Metro. 

The main reason why the negotiations over an collective agreement have not made progress is the setting of a salary increase, since in the other points an agreement has been reached, specifically, in "... 145 of the 155 clauses of the document that will govern for the next four years." reports that "...The Capac presented on Wednesday night a new proposal to try to end the strike in the construction sector promoted by the Suntracs, of 2.5% for the next four years. Meanwhile, Suntracs, which initially requested a salary adjustment of 60% paid at a rate of 15% per annum over the next four years, lowered its proposal last night to 52% at a rate of 13% per year."

"... Given the measure of pressure being implemented by Suntracs, leaders of various business associations have called on the union to stop asking for such a high figure, as they believe that this will lead to an increase in the cost of housing, which will affect the General population."

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