Contradictions in Costa Rica Over Mega Port Project

Despite the new president having reaffirmed his government's commitment to the project at Moin to be run by the Dutch company APM Terminal, his own lawmakers are supporting the formation of a committee to re-analyze the concession contract.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

While President Luis Guillermo Solis is touring the United States looking for investors and providing legal certainty to foreign companies, inside the country space is still being given to obviously bias obstructionism on the part of port official unions. Now it is the sphere of the Legislature where a petition will be filed in an attempt to halt the project.

"Legislative Chairman Henry Mora and congressmen representing the province of Limón qill create an investigating committee to discuss everything related to the contract for the management of the ports of Moin and Limon by the Dutch company APM Terminals, after a series of complaints by the union of the Port Management Board of the Atlantic Coast (JAPDEVA). "

"The deputy Mora said they will discuss the issue of the commission and will ensure that, in this case, reports coming from the forum will be publicised to the plenary assembly ... "On the subject of the commission, it is something we can analyse with other members, it could be a just investigating committee with reports shared in the Assembly, because we are willing to clarify everything in relation to this," he said. "

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Unions Maintain Strike in Ports in Limon

October 2014

Although the strike was declared illegal by the Labour Court of Costa Rica, the union has rejected the government's proposal which promised marketing efforts at the ports in conflict.

Unionists remain steadfast in their rejection of the concession contract clause which states that the terminal operated by APM will be the exclusive operator of specialized container ships.

Caribbean Ports of Costa Rica On Strike

October 2014

Union members went on strike indefinitely in the port terminals of Moin and Limon, through which pass 80% of international trade by the country and the region.

Business leaders from various productive sectors reported losses caused by the strike, while managers of port administration are looking for alternative labour in order to restart the loading and unloading.

Union Twists Government’s Arm

May 2011

The government of Costa Rica has put on hold "indefinitely" the process for the concession of the ports of Limon and Moin.

Caught between the demands of port efficiency by the productive sectors and the real power of the union, the Chinchilla administration has back tracked on its intention to grant concessions to private companies for the modernization and operation of the ports of Limon and Moin, and now intends to invest about $70 million to make sure that this essential modernization takes place, while keeping both terminals under the management of the Port Management Board of the Atlantic (JAPDEVA).

Port Workers Request Secret Vote

July 2009

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

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.

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