Costa Rica rejects compensation demanded by port union.

The government said that the half a million dollar figure demanded per worker was "absurd and out of proportion."

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"The demand by the union (...) is an absurd figure that is out of proportion and is not only disrespectful of the intelligence of Costa Ricans, but is also an attack directly to the heart of Japdeva (the state port company) and to the people of Limon," the government said in a release.
The government said that it is "deeply convinced of the benefits that the modernization and expansion program and the change of management model will bring to ports on the country's Caribbean coast, and (hence) will continue with the preparation of the tender to invite those that are interested in participating in the construction and concession of the port at the international level.

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Costa Rica: Port Workers Vote in Favor of Concession

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An assembly of workers from JAPDEVA, the entity who administers ports in the Costa Rican atlantic coastline, voted in favor of conceding the ports to private operators.

Workers also voted to remove the directors of the worker's union, whom oppose private operation of the ports.

Indefinite Strike at Costa Rican Ports

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Workers from Japdeva have paralyzed port operations in Limón and Moín due to labor demands.

This measure taken by Japdeva, the state port administration entity, has prevented serving fruit cargo ships, and the arrival of a cruise ship.

Liroy Pérez, press secretary from the Japdeva Workers Union, stated that "port workers are striking due to unmet salary commitments, as there are two wage adjustments still pending", reports local newspaper La Prensa Libre.

$500 thousand per worker for the Moin and Limon Ports

November 2008

This is the amount that the union is demanding in exchange for agreeing to the eventual concession of the ports to the private sector as projected by the Government.

The union rejected the the $80 million proposal in benefits and pre-retirements presented by the Government, demanding that its 1400 members be paid a sum of approximately 700 million dollars.

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Technical, political, and social aspects are conspired in tense dialogue between Government, unions, and opposition.

In December 2008, the Government will launch, at any cost, the tender of the contract through which the Atlantic ports will be given in concession to a private operator.

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