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.
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.
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 from Japdeva have paralyzed port operations in Limón and Moín due to labor demands.
Technical, political, and social aspects are conspired in tense dialogue between Government, unions, and opposition.
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