Costa Rica: Public Salaries Under the Spotlight

Entrepreneurs and ALL presidential candidates agree on the need to eliminate privileges and unfair wage abuses in the public sector.

Friday, December 6, 2013

"On this point the five candidates that top the polls agreed during a debate organized by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Business Sector (UCCAEP)," reported an article in

Johnny Araya, candidate for the Partido Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Party), believes that an employment law should be created that removes the privileges on wages.

For his part, José María Villalta from Frente Amplio (Broad Front party) considers that wage privileges should not be demonized "because there are public servants who do not earn enough to survive."

Reducing the State payroll and limiting the amount of new jobs that are created, is the proposal of the candidate from the Social Christian party Rodolfo Piza.

Otto Guevara, presidential candidate from Movimiento Libertario (Libertarian Movement) stated that his new government would freeze its hiring in the public sector and convene a referendum to approve an Employment Act.

Finally, Luis Guillermo Solís, candidate for Partido Acción Ciudadana (Citizen Action Party), said they must be more rigorous in wage matters and proposed that collective agreements to be revised, while respecting acquired rights.

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