Construction Strike: No Solution in Sight

In Panama, the workers' union is still opposed to the salary increase proposal put forward by employers, and it is keeping in place the construction work strike, now in its 14th day.

Monday, April 30, 2018

The country that has been leading construction activity in Central America over the last few years, has seen work on 260 construction projects nationwide paralysed for almost two weeks. 

See: "Multi Million Dollar Losses Due to Construction Strike"

At the general assembly held on the morning of Monday, April 30, the Single Union of Construction and Allied Workers (Suntracs) decided to continue the strike, in rejection of the conditions proposed by the Chamber of Constructions in the negotiation of the collective convention that will be in force from this year until 2021.

See also "Central America: $1.6 billion in office construction"

"... Saúl Méndez, general secretary of the National Union of Construction and Allied Workers (SUNTRACS), stated that the union is not willing to use arbitration as a mechanism to define the solution to demands by workers whose claims are reduced to 'a dignified salary.'" reports that "... During the General Assembly called this Monday, Méndez explained that although arbitration is a protected figure in the Labor Code, it has never been used in the negotiation that they have with the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) and currently they only intend to fight 'at the tables and on the streets'."

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