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Panama repeals controversial labor and environment laws that sparked violence

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Panamanian lawmakers repealed controversial labor legislation, blunting the pro-business agenda of President Ricardo Martinelli. The labor laws that banned the mandatory payment of union dues and permitted employers to hire replacement workers during strikes, triggered deadly protests when passed in June, killing at least two workers and wounded dozens more.
 
The repeal is part of an omnibus bill that also rolls back changes to legislation that eliminated environmental impact studies for major public works.
 
Original source: Reuters