Maritime Industry: Opposition to Wage Changes

After Panama's National Assembly approved a legislative bill that sets the minimum wage for workers in the maritime industry at $4.15 per hour, local businessmen have expressed their disagreement.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The document approved in third debate, establishes in its articles that workers of concessionary companies, contractors and subcontractors of ports and maritime transport terminals will earn a minimum wage of $4.15 per hour throughout the national territory, informed the National Assembly on April 12, 2021.

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Law 56 of 2008, General of Ports of Panama, is thus modified. The bill, adds the content, guarantees the rights of port workers whose administration and operation has been granted by the State for a determined period and ensures remuneration in accordance with their important functions, adds the press release.

After learning of the approval of this measure, the Maritime Chamber expressed that "... the text approved by the Plenary does not reflect what was consulted and agreed upon by all parties nor does it obey what was agreed upon in the meetings held this week in the National Assembly."

"For the national maritime industry, represented by our union, the welfare of port workers is a priority, however, this interference in the development of free enterprise establishes privileges that put at risk the more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs of workers in the ports of Panama," said the statement of the union.

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