Panama Canal workers requested an “independent” enquiry for the external parts and audit of the third-locks project. The $5.25 billion expansion of the interoceanic waterway expansion for modern boats needs more transparency to make sure the centrepiece of the project is functioning effectively.
According to Panama Workers’ Unions in a joint statement:
“When we talk about an external inspection and audit of the works, we’re referring to one in which those doing the inspecting and auditing do not belong to and are not associated with the administration of Jorge Quijano and Roberto Roy.
“By not having been transparent in managing information about the problems with (the expansion), they became part of the problem.”
Hidden Engineering Problems
The mistrust between Unions and the GUPC and even the Panama Canal Authority had raised transparency issues, which had seen several engineering and employment inspections as the lack of transparency was brought to the public eye.
Meanwhile, GUPC ranks low in the public trust index and unions said they cannot blindly believe what the consortium tells in its statements.
The trouble with the public began as videos showed water streaming through cracked concrete at the pacific side of the Panama Canal expansion project. The GUPC had to announce it had to delay the opening of the Canal for global use.
The ACP claimed the leaks would not cause further delays. However, samples from independent investigators showed massive structure problems.