Panama Canal Strike Ends

Workers have accepted the wage proposal made by the ICA-FCC-MECO consortium and resumed excavating the last stretch of the access channel to the Pacific.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After almost a week of work stoppage in the last stretch of riverbed on the access channel through the Pacific, workers agreed to resume work after negotiating a series of agreements with the consortium made up of the Mexican Ingenieros Civiles Asociados, the Spanish Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas and the Costa Rican firm Meco.

The parties also agreed to reinstate several workers who were fired after signing a list of complaints. Abelardo Herrera, secretary of the National Union of Workers in Industry Construction and Related, told Associated Press "... 'We reached an agreement and workers have now lifted the strike.'"

Eleconomista.net reports that "...The workers performing work in conflict to deepen the navigation channel in the channel and also build dams to store water to be used in the new locks. "



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Panama Canal Workers on Strike

July 2014

On the second day of work stoppage the excavation of the last stretch of the access channel to the canal through from the Pacific, carried out by the consortium ICA-FCC-MECO is being affected.

The National Union of Workers in the Construction Industry (Untraics) presented the consortium with a series of requests to resume work, including a salary increase of 11%, higher measures of work safety and the restoration of ten of their colleagues, those with whom employment contracts were not renewed.

Canal Expansion: Another Contractor Demands $44 million

January 2014

The group in charge of the construction of the fourth tranche accessing the Pacific has asked for arbitration over its demand for an additional $44 million as well as more time.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) received 6 complaints from Fomento de Contratas y Construcciones (FCC), the Mexican company ICA and the Costa Rican Construction company MECO, who were awarded the contract for the last access tranche to the the Pacific linking to the third set of locks with the Corte Culebra.

PCA Awards $267 Million Dry Excavation Contract

January 2010

The consortium FCC-ICA-MECO won the second-largest contract of the Panama Canal expansion project.

This contract comprises excavating a 6.1 kilometer waterway that will connect the third set of locks with the Culebra Cut.

From Prensa.com: "FCC-ICA-MECO submitted the lowest priced offer in the bidding process ($267.798.795), and complied with the requirements imposed by the Panama Canal Authority".

Canal Excavation Contract for $267.7 Million

December 2009

Such is the amount proposed by the lowest-priced bid, by consortium Fomento de Construcciones y Contrata (FCC), Mexico's ICA and MECO.

Other companies bidding for the contract include Brazil's Odebrecth, Belgium's Jan de Nul, and the consortium Impregilo, Sacyr and Cusa (ISC).

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