Costa Rican businesses demand solution to port problems in Limon

The export and tourism sectors are demanding quick attention for the port terminals on the country's Caribbean coast.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"It is a worrying situation, many products are often affected or in the worst of cases lost due to delays in loading, a definitive decision is urgently needed, be it a concession or the construction of new ports," said Abel Chavez, president of the Chamber Pineapple and Melon Growers.



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Costa Rica: Port Workers Vote in Favor of Concession

January 2010

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.

Costa Rica rejects compensation demanded by port union.

November 2008

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

"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.

$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.

Costa Rican logistics still blocked in Carribean ports.

October 2008

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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