Costa Rica: NO to Essential Services Strikes

The productive sector is asking the Solís government not lift the ban on the labor law allowing the suspension of essential services during worker strikes.

Friday, December 5, 2014

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations in the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP):

The Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations in the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP) has requested that the President, Luis Guillermo Solís, not lift the ban on the Reform of the Code Labour, record 15,990; on the eve of Saturday December 13, the expiry date of the four-year term for the project.

The initiative vetoed by the previous administration permits strikes in essential services, which are those that could endanger the life, health and safety of Costa Ricans.
In the view of UCCAEP, this project is of great concern because it puts the country's stability at risk.
The business sector respects the constitutional right of workers to strike and employers to strike; however, the sector holds the view that the exercise of these rights should be within the bounds of reasonableness and proportionality.

"If the veto was lifted, all of the actions taken by the Government during the strike by JAPDEVA would not have been possible and losses for the country would have been in the millions. The project should be corrected and it should establish mechanisms that allow the hiring of temporary workers to operate the suspended services, flexible mechanisms for entry of foreign professionals to replace the strikers and, of course, all labor, criminal and civil penalties for abusing the law or coercing or violence against persons and property," said the president of UCCAEP, José Álvaro Jenkins.



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