By Robert J. Alexander
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40 In 1952 the COCRP was composed of two federations, the Federación de Sindicatos Independientes and the Federación de Sociedades Agrícolas de las Provincias de Panamá, Colón y Coclé. The first of these was made up of unions in the urban areas, and the second consisted of rural workers’ organizations. The unions affiliated with the Federación de Sindicatos Independientes were for the most part located in Panama City. In 1952 they included organizations of maritime workers, theater employees, taxi drivers, and telephone workers.
Barría, interview. 58. , interview. 59. German Meléndez (secretary-general, Confederación de Trabajadores de la República de Panamá); Carlos Peters (recording secretary of Confederación de Trabajadores); Nicolas Silva (secretary of Sindicato de Panaderos); and Catalina Fiesta; all interviews with the author in Panama City, July 6, 1967. 60. Robert J. Alexander, “Impressions of Meeting of Confederación de Trabajadores de la República de Panamá,” July 6, 1967 (typewritten). 61. Phillipps, in Latin American Labor Organizations, p.
However, even when Torrijos was still in power, when the economic situation turned bad in the latter 1970s, some of what had been granted to labor was withdrawn. Under Torrijos’ successor, General Noriega, organized labor was forced to be on a so-called war footing to protect its interests and those of its members. It proved impossible to do much about one of the two peculiarly Panamanian problems facing the labor movement of the Republic of Panama, that is, the use of Panamanian registry to provide ships having no other connection with the republic than a flag of convenience.