Costa Rica: For and Against Labor Flexibility

Unions reject a proposal by industrialists to work 4 days and rest 3 days, whle the government describes it as a "sensitive" issue.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Minister of Labour, Victor Morales, told that "....These proposals concerning working hours require legislative amendment, they need a reform of the Labour Code to be approved in the Legislature ... I proposed to the Chamber of Industries ... that these issues must be subject to tripartite dialogue (between employers, workers and government). "

The proposal by the Chamber of Industries contemplates reforming the Labour Code so that working days are 12 hours long, and there would be 4 working days a week, with three days off.

Unions are not in agreement with industrialists. Albino Vargas, general secretary of the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) noted that "... we believe it is a kind of regression on labor rights to increase the exploitation of labor without paying overtime. It is unacceptable and we must fight it. "

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