Port Workers Request Secret Vote

Leadership from the Limón port workers union have so far opposed all offers from the government.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The union known as Sintrajab, which reunites workers from state-owned Japdeva, is in a standoff with the Costa Rican Government, regarding the concession of operation and administration of the ports to a private entity. Said conflict could be solved with a referendum among the workers, as 52% of Japdeva employees requested a secret vote to define whether the concession is accepted or not.

From newspaper Nacion.com: "The government is looking for employees to accept handing in the old docks to a private operator in exchange for $137 million in indemnification".

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Port Concession in Limon and Moin Complicates Even More

January 2011

The labor union of the Caribbean ports of Costa Rica re-elected directors which are radically opposed to concession the ports to private investors.

At the same time in which dredging has started in order to increase capacity of tankers docking at Moin -with an expansion of the oil terminal which will be tendered in March 2011 - the workers voted overwhelmingly to re-elect union leaders who oppose granting management of the ports to the private sector.

Recope Will Dredge Petroleum Pier in Moín

May 2010

By the end of May the Costa Rican Refinery (Recope) will publish bidding rules for dredging its petroleum dock in Moín.

The entity had first tried to find the provider through public bidding, but the process was declared deserted. As a result, it will now conduct a direct acquisition process, which it plans to conclude by November.

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: Port Moín Feasibility Study Underway

October 2009

Company American Gategay Development was authorized to undertake a study for a new container mega port.

The study will measure the feasibility of the project, its environmental impact, and define bidding rules for giving it under concession.

"This mega port is a public concession project introduced by initiative of American Gategay Development (Amega) in July 2007", reports Nacion.com.

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