Panama workers on a war footing
Panama City, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) The Friday call to 'the great popular protest' against labor reforms in front of Parliament radicalized the actions by Panama's labor sectors, which escalate the confrontation to the government, after a week of protests.
During a Friday morning session, the legislators made the final analysis of the bill that will be voted on at the plenary session, after the criteria for and against the text were heard.
The National Assembly on Thursday approved in second debate, with some modifications, 'temporary' changes to the Labor Code proposed to the legislature by the current Laurentino Cortizo administration, after several previous refusals so the Executive would take such a decision.
The bill was presented by the Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development, allegedly based on the agreements of a tripartite board with business, workers and government participation, but unionists denied that they reached consensus in that debate.
The protests in Panama City were supported by similar actions in Chiriqui province (west), Colon (Caribbean coast) and the power generation plants in Veraguas, Los Santos, Herrera and Cocle.
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