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Thursday, April 24 2014 @ 04:41 PM EDT

Banana Workers Protesting in Changuinola

Protests & DemonstrationsA rain that fell yesterday in the province of Bocas del Toro did not prevent the workers from the San Bosco company from conducting a ten-hour closure on the Changuinola River Bridge to demand back wages. Dozens of workers have been protesting for the past eight days and have taken over the offices of the Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development in Changuinola, demanding back payments due from the San Bosco company, owned by the businessman Anel "Bolo" Flores. "We are waiting for the Deputy Minister of Labor, Dario Falcon, who promised to bring a solution on Friday June 8, but he did not comply," said Gredel Ramirez, one of the protesters. Governor Jose Brown went to the site and persuaded the protesters to negotiate.

The businessman Flores told El Siglo that the company San Bosco is in the processes of being liquidated, and later he will meet with the workers to pay what they are due. Rafael Abrego, Secretary of Defense of the Independent Banana Workers Union, said that - between wages and suspensions - more than 100 employees are owed more than $500,000 dollars in total. (Siglo)

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