The Commission on Labor, Health and Social Development of the National Assembly of Panama this afternoon approved the draft of Law No. 52 that seeks to create a temporary solidarity income for workers economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The presentation of the draft was made by deputy Luis Ernesto Carles, based on the recommendation of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which proposed that in 2020, governments should set an income to help workers with their food who were unemployed or whose income has been depleted by the coronavirus
ECLAC, with respect to workers who have lost their jobs, has recommended that governments establish a single registry of solidarity benefits. That is what we are contributing in this draft law, the single registry of beneficiaries, which benefits all workers who have been separated from their employment relationship, that is, they have been fired, dismissed, during the pandemic; all workers who have had the effects of their contracts suspended, all independent ... informal workers " Carles said about the proposal.
The deputy indicated that it was proposed, according to the recommendations made by ECLAC, to establish the solidarity income per household, paying a total of $300.00 per month for four months.
Carles said that some 800 thousand Panamanian families could benefit from this income.