Panama Canal Construction Workers Go On Strike
Wednesday, May 23 2012 @ 12:14 pm EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The workers demanded wage and overtime from the consortium comprised of the Spanish company Sacyr, Italy's Impregilo, Belgium's Jan de Nul and Panama's Constructora Urbana. GUPC undertook to implement the new wages "as soon as the Executive Order takes effect" and one errors in their payroll system were corrected, which they acknowledged was what caused the delay and failure to pay an 18% wage increase to about 6 thousand workers.
So far, it is unknown why the workers went out on strike this time. (TVN)
Editor's Comment: There are three primary elements behind the new "FAD" political party. They come from the fields of public medicine (CSS medical unions), public teachers (FRENADESO), and construction labor unions (SUNTRACS). If you will look closely at the events of the past two weeks, the CSS guys went on strike ten days ago, the public school teachers have called for a march for tomorrow, and now these construction workers have gone on strike, just a few months after having received an 18% raise. Why? It's political. The new "FAD" party is trying to sign up new members in order to be able to participate in the 2014 elections. They only have about 12,000 members right now, so every time they pull one of these stunts they try to increase their membership. It's all related, and it's all political crap and maneuvering.