Costa Rican logistics still blocked in Carribean ports.

Technical, political, and social aspects are conspired in tense dialogue between Government, unions, and opposition.

Monday, October 20, 2008

In December 2008, the Government will launch, at any cost, the tender of the contract through which the Atlantic ports will be given in concession to a private operator.
The negotiation of the Executive will have to go through three distinct stages at the same time: one technical, another political, and finally social.
From the technical point of view, the numbers show that the Atlantic ports are collapsing.
In terms of the political sphere of the negotiation, the concession of the ports anchored in a moment of party tension.
Similarly to the technical and political aspects, the social aspect will also weigh in the consideration.
The union of Japdeva (SITRAJAP) demonstrated a fierce opposition to the concession of the ports. Last Thursday, the union rejected $60 million that the Government offered to compensate the port employees once the concessionaire arrives, who will manage the ports of Moín and Limón.

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Costa Rica: Port Workers Vote in Favor of Concession

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An assembly of workers from JAPDEVA, the entity who administers ports in the Costa Rican atlantic coastline, voted in favor of conceding the ports to private operators.

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Costa Rica: Agreement With Port Union Still Unresolved

August 2009

Meanwhile, the terms for Limón's port bidding process should have been published on August 21st.

Francisco Jiménez is the Executive President of Japdeva, the organization negotiating with the government and the worker's Union the private concession of the port. He said: "We are going to keep pressing for an agreement.

Future of Limón Port Area Unclear

May 2009

The new Costa Rican government's proposal was rejected by the union, whose consent must be obtained for the concession of services to third parties.

The collective agreement that governs the relationship between Limón Port employees and JAPDEVA, the entity manager, has the force of law. Therefore, any project to hire third parties to perform tasks at the port must be formally approved by the union.

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