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Monday, July 23 2018 @ 01:12 PM EDT

CD Want's To Lock In 35,000 Public Employees

Employment & JobsThe political opposition is claiming the Bill introduced by the President of the National Assembly Sergio Galvez - that according to him seeks to provide job security to 192,000 public employees - actually aims to "shield" the more than 35,000 public servants who have been hired during the three years the Cambio Democratico political party has been in office. The Deputy from the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) Leandro Avila said the proposal being made by the CD is contradictory, because when they came to power in 2009 they ignored the Civil Service Law. Meanwhile the Panameńista Deputy Jose Blandon said the CD's proposal seeks to leave without affect the contests for appointments to public service positions. Alfredo Berrocal, the Secretary General of the Federation of Public Servants (FENASEP), said they are wary of the Bill being presented by Galvez. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: One of the elements of the political "game" in Panama is that whenever a new political party comes to power, they squeeze out the "old" guys in order to give jobs to "their" people. There have been a total of five democratically elected presidents since the end of the military dictatorship in 1989, and none of the parties in power have been able to "repeat" or stay in office for more than one five-year term. The end result is every five years there's a purge and a lot of public employees are put out of work, and the new guys are hired. This is more true at the higher level and better paying positions. The lower ranking positions such as secretaries and janitors can generally survive these things, for the most part. But there's little consistency, and some Ministries are almost completely cleaned out when the new guy takes over. Now that the CD is in power their gambit is to try to "lock in" all of the people they have hired. And of course they will argue that it's good for the government, stability, ect.

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