Works of Panama Canal Paralyzed by Suntracs Strike PDF
Panama, April 25 (Prensa Latina ) The dialogue between the Single Trade Union of Construction and Similars (Suntracs) and the construction sector chamber (Capac) remains stuck Friday and 70,000 workers on strike are keeping the works of the Panama Canal expansion paralyzed.
For the third consecutive day, the country's largest labor sector has stopped working in 400 major projects because of the lack of agreement in 8 out of 152 points of the Collective contract regulating labor relations with Capac for the next four years.
Saúl Méndez, secretary general of Suntracs, reiterated that the workers will remain on strike in the third set of locks for the Panama Canal, until they reach an agreement for the increase of 20 percent of the salary each year, plus other special benefits and wages for workers of mega projects such as the Canal Expansion.
The Capac argues this percentage is very high, and what they offer is an increase of 17 cents, which was unanimously rejected by the workers.
The workers marched through different streets Friday to protest the position of the Chamber and said that it will be keep on doing, until there is some agreement.
In the TVN News Reports, Mendez criticized the authorities of the Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development (Mitradel) to which he demanded to do their job and put pressure on employers for the conflict to be solved.Employers said the strikes are harming the country's economic activity, especially when it is a week away of the general election, but Suntracs responds that they are not responsible for this situation and reject accusations that they have politicized their demands.