PANAMA ( Associated Press) — Unemployed teacher leaders and the Panamanian government agreed to set a fixed price for gasoline and remove barriers, in a dialogue to end teacher strikes and the protests that have rocked the country for two years. is expressed.
The government and leaders of the National Coalition for the Rights of the Organized People – which in addition to teachers also bring together agricultural sectors and artisan fishermen – signed a commitment document on Sunday night that, among other points, a provisional price of 3 installs. $.25 for 95-octane gasoline, 91-octane gasoline and diesel.
The reduction in fuel prices was one of the three points the Alliance negotiated with the government in a new round of talks to end the protest, the largest the country has seen in recent years.
“There are no losers or winners here, the country won,” said the Alliance’s teacher leader Luis Sanchez on the strike. He said that significant progress has been made in reducing the price of food in the basic food basket and a technical table has been created to analyze the reduction in the price of medicines, which are the other two points of demands of the striking teachers.
Sanchez said the strike would continue for the next few days, no later than Thursday, after education officials signed an agreement with various teacher organizations to end the strike. He said his alliance was committed to closing the roads, which are causing shortage in the capital and interior parts of the country.
However, leaders of another movement in the capital, which brings together social organizations including teachers and trade unions and the powerful construction workers union, said they would go on strike and continue to protest in the streets.
“We are unaware of any agreement signed in Veraguas, the government’s irresponsibility to find people who would sign an agreement and if all the actors we are fighting at the table were not present, it is simply unacceptable.” ,” said SUNTRACS leader Saul Mendez.
Increases in fuel and food in recent months, along with questions about managing public spending, sparked protests in this Central American country of 4.5 million residents, a country that has drawn deep social inequalities for decades.