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Saturday, May 25 2019 @ 10:51 AM UTC

Labor Minister Flip-Flops On Honduran Labor Issue

Employment & Jobs
Alma Cortés - Minister of Labor in Panama
Alma Cortés - Minister of Labor in Panama
The Minister of Labor and Workforce Development, Alma Cortés said after the protests by the unions of workers in the construction industry, who are opposed to hiring labor from Honduras, that there is no justification to do so. Cortes denied having signed any agreement and admitted on RPC Radio that the rumor arose after a conversation between the President, Ricardo Martinelli, and his Honduran counterpart. "There is no agreement. We are not going to bring workers from Honduras nor from any other country. The domestic labor laws are not being violated. The jobs and money are for Panamanian nationals," said Cortez. She added that the workers do not have to worry because the jobs being created are for them, and if more labor is needed, then people are being trained for that purpose. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: The government flip-flopped on this issue. Martinelli does not want any more fights, and the last thing he wants to do is tangle with the SUNTRACS now. So, they killed his proposal (which they, in fact, had created themselves.)

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