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Newly relaxed environmental and labor laws could backfire for Panama

Monday, June 21, 2010


Some major Panamanian construction projects could begin without knowledge on how they might harm the environment and employers would gain an advantage in the event of a strike under legislation enacted last week.

President Ricardo Martinelli's political allies in Congress passed the reforms in a move that could spur public works and please employers but increase opposition to the government's infrastructure plans.
 
The string of varied reforms include allowing employers to hire non- union replacements for striking workers and requires police to immediately take control of work sites affected by strikes.
 
Original source: Reuters