Jobs Panama Canal expansion still paralyzed

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According to the secretary of Suntracs the strike will end once meet his wage demands (Photo Archive)

The construction of another flight of locks of the Panama Canal, which is a year late, still paralyzed by a strike that began two weeks ago workers
“It’s two weeks less work that affect the progress of the expansion,” said the administrator of the Panama Canal, Jorge Quijano. The agreement between the union and the administration seem to not take place, which prevents the resumption of the work.
However, the general secretary of the Workers Union of the Union of Construction Workers and Similar (Suntracs), Saul Martinez said that “the Canal Expansion will resume when the strike ends, previously impossible,” provided that meet their wage demands .
The workers ask for a wage increase of 20 percent annually, about $ 2.73 per hour that charges a construction worker unskilled and 3.67 of a skilled worker, while employers offered an increase of 21 percent in four years.
The project aims to expand the channel to get ships up to 12,000 containers triple-load-current to pass through its 80 kilometers between the Pacific and the Caribbean.
The extension is paralyzed since 23 April when Suntracs called an indefinite strike across the country demanding a wage increase. This, coupled with the discussions he has had management channel with Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) illiquidity and according to Quijano.