Panama Canal Workers on Strike

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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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. reports that "...After six hours of meetings between representatives of the National Union of Workers in the Construction Industry and Allied partners (Untraics), the consortium in charge of the work, ICA-Meco-FCC, and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (Mitradel), did not reach an agreement. "

Representatives from the companies in the consortium "... are analyzing the complaints and requests submitted by workers on the project. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said that this part of the canal expansion has only 500 employees, of which 300 are in the union. The administrator of the ACP, Jorge Quijano, said the company spoke with the contractor in order to resolve the strike, since one way or another it affects the progress of the enlargement. "

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