Panama: Construction Threatened By Union Demands

A strike has been announced as part of the negotiation of a collective agreement, bringing risk to one of the most dynamic sectors of the Panamanian economy.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

In the absence of an agreement between the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (CAPAC) and the Trade Union of Construction Workers and Similar (Suntracs) to sign the collective agreement, the union has announced strikes in the sector.

As reported Saul Mendez, head of Suntracs "if these situations are not corrected then Suntracs will call a general strike, until the collective agreement is signed.

"The Capac has indicated that Suntracs requests represent payouts of more than $500 million a year."

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