11/07/2012 - “We flatly reject any intention of bringing workers from anyplace in order to replace the Panamanian labor”, said General Central of Workers of Panama’s (CGTP) representative, Samuel Rivera.
The leader described as possible the arrival of 20,000 workers for the construction sector - after an alleged agreement between Panama and Honduras - as a non consulted situation, since the Ministry of Work has not taken into account the position of the working class.
In front of this situation, Rivera said workers are very concerned because the construction sector has its ups and downs. Taking into account that at any moment this sector might decline, one cannot bring labor at a great scale knowing it will replace Panamanian labor, the leader said.
In statements given to RPC Radio, a local radio station, Rivera said this measure will displace unions since the Constitution forbids foreign workers to be part of a union. The collective bargaining agreement will also disappear for construction workers, he said.
On the other hand, Honduran newspaper La Tribuna quotes Honduran Deputy Minister from the Labor Secretariat, Carlos Montes, in its July 9 edition, stating they expect to sign an agreement with Panama were around 25,000 Hondurans could be traveling.
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