Construction Strike in Panama

The decision by employers not to give in to the exorbitant wage demands made by the union has led to the paralysis of construction works, including that of the Panama Canal.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Following the order from the leadership of the union, workers have halted construction on several real estate projects in the Panamanian capital, in protest against the refusal of the Chamber of Construction to concede to their demands for wage increases.

Erasmo Cerrud, undersecretary of SUNTRACS told that "officials at Mitradel have had to seal off projects and wait for the Panamanian Chamber of Construction to request a count to determine the validity of the strike."

"If at the end of the day it is determined that the majority of workers supports the strike, it will be maintained indefinitely, as was approved last week in the General Assembly held by the union," he said.

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The positions held by trade unionists and employers are polls apart, and the more than 400 works have been paralyzed, including the expansion of the Canal.

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