Concern Over Strikes in Panama

Paralysis of works by construction workers and organizations in the province of Colon, is causing concern among Panamanian businesses.

Monday, April 16, 2018

From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP):

April 15, 2018. Announcements of strikes by the Single Union of Construction Workers and Similar (Suntracs) and civic organizations in Colón are the reason for concern on the part of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) and several other sectors, regarding the impact of these measures on Panama's economic performance.

It is a reality that our economy can not cope with a drastic adjustment such as would occur from a scaled increase in the price of real estate, which is no longer accessible to a large part of the population that does not satisfy bank's credit requirements as a result of several factors, including an increase in unemployment.

Strikes are a fundamental guarantee for workers, but their exercise can not harm the rights of other citizens. That is why the Chamber insists that the policies and decisions in this matter must consider the maintenance of current jobs and the creation of all of the many more that our development will demand.

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