Concern Over Proposal on Right to Strike

A proposed amendment to the Labour Code of Costa Rica would allow for strikes with only 16% of total workers in companies whith no unions.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

From a statement issued by the Union of Chambers and Associations of the private business sector (Uccaep):

UCCAEP rejects proposed amendment to the Labour Code

In regards to the new labor code reform initiative released on Monday by the parliamentary factions of the Citizen Action Party, Frente Amplio and the Social Christian Unity, UCCAEP :

The business sector is opposed to the initiative because iit does not resolve why the original bill to reform labor procedures was vetoed, ie; permission for strikes in essential services such as health and safety, among others, endangering the Costa Rican population.

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