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Work to expand the Panama Canal -- interrupted earlier this year for a dispute over cost overruns -- halted Wednesday, this time for a strike by workers demanding higher wages. "The project to enlarge the Panama Canal ... is paralyzed," said Saul Mendez, secretary general of the construction-worker union Suntracs. Work had halted for 15 days in February in a row over who would pay for an estimated $1.6 billion in cost overruns in the multi-billion-dollar project to build extra locks on the 80-kilometer (50-mile) waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium running the expansion project, said that Suntracs workers "are heeding the call to strike," which "is impacting the work schedule of this project."