The political struggle of the working class in Panama

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6,000 Clash in Panama City
Associated Press, 3 December 1998. Anti-privatization union members attempt to storm the Congress building. The protesters are against privatization of the country's state-owned water system. The government has already privatized half of the state-owned telecommunication and electricity companies, and argues it needs to privatize water service to attract private investment and improve service.
Labor unrest brewing in the Panama Canal
By Eric Jackson, labornews, 11 December 1998. Uncertainties about next year's canal reversion are being exacerbated by presidential proclamations and ongoing disputes, and that has prompted the canal workers' unions to move on several fronts. The National Maritime Union morale is very low because the administration hasn't been serious in its labor relations.