Demanding the reopening of construction projects and the reactivation of suspended contracts, protesters gathered in Cocle, Colon, Bocas del Toro, and Panama City.
SUNTRACSA Education Secretary Jose Viques rejected the resumption of the national dialogue process which is aimed at reforming the Social Security Fund (CSS) and the Labor Code.
Workers also noted that the dialogue was conditioned by the government and it did not count with the participation of the main union organizations such as the National Front for the Defense of Economic and Social Rights (Frenadeso) and the Independent Union Unity Confederation (Comusi).
Evolution of cases in Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, since 100th confirmed case. pic.twitter.com/LLgt3dhMUN
On January 2, Cortizo confirmed the resumption of talks regarding the CSS and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic among public, private, and civil society sectors. The national dialogue is also set to address education, security, and basic services.
Social representatives have warned that the CSS program on Disability, Retirement and Death pensions (IVM) suffered from a deficit of about US$900 million.
The last reforms on social security funds took place in 2005 during the presidency of Martin Torrijos (2004-2009). At that time, changes were approved to increase retirement and employers' minimum quotas.
The United States invaded Panama on this day in 1989. Thousands of people were killed to protect U.S. interests. The military incursion, involving 27,684 U.S. troops and over 300 aircraft, was sold to the public as "defending democracy." pic.twitter.com/tk7ubAURI9