TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Construction at more than 100 sites throughout Honduras has been halted after members of the country's Construction Industry Chamber, engineers and construction consultants went on strike demanding outstanding payments from the government.
Construction Industry Chamber president Alejandro Alvarez says the government's construction and maintenance debt is about $100 million.
He said Tuesday that about 125,000 workers are on strike.
Alvarez says that when the government doesn't pay, thousands of workers are not paid, creating "a pressure cooker."
Government consultant Danilo Rodriguez says the strikers are demanding that the government stop all new construction projects until it pays for projects already under way.
Honduras government has been near bankruptcy as lawmakers delay passing a budget necessary to pay for basic government services.