Medical Strike Will Soon Be Over
Saturday, November 12 2011 @ 11:03 AM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: I've seen this happen dozens of times in Panama. It's common for these groups of organized unions to be led by political radicals. The leadership of these organizations then sort of "hijack" the strike that was started by one of their member organizations. The very small part - which actually represents the minority view - then tries to use the strike to push for an ever growing list of demands, things that most often don't have anything to do with the original reason for going on strike. The government then realizes that there is a larger majority with whom they can negotiate an end to the strike. They reach an agreement, and the vast majority of the strikers go back to work. There was a case not too long ago in which (I forget who it was, teachers maybe?) the larger group accepted a hefty pay raise and went back to work. The smaller minority was left in the position of still trying to block roads and cause trouble, even though their members had already been granted a hefty raise and an increase in benefits. Anyway, this strike will soon be over, one way or the other.