Jan 27, 2013

Metro Bus Drivers Threaten to Strike

Per the evening news on 1/26/13 via TVN2:

The bus drivers for Metro Bus in Panama City met today at a national assembly and threatened an indefinite work stoppage if they didn’t receive a response from the board of directors of Mi Bus, the enterprise that administrates Metro Bus, Panama’s new public transportation system. 

The drivers announced that a response was demanded by 9 pm on Wednesday Jan 30th, and if a salary increase wasn’t granted to all bus drivers, there would be a work stoppage effective  12:01 am Thursday, Jan 31st

Discussions also ensued regarding the possibility of the bus drivers’ union joining SUNTRACS, the Sindicato Unico de Trabajadores de la Construccion y Similares. 

This pending strike would arrive only days before Panama's Carnival celebrations scheduled for the week of Feb 9th thru 13th.