Pact to end dispute brings work back to normal at Costa Rican ports

A labor dispute has been resolved after a month and a half of disruption at the ports of Limón and Moín on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Marco Vargas, minister for institutional coordination, said an accord had been reached with the workers, who had been turning up for only one six-hour shift a day since late May.

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Costa Rican Ports Operating Again

June 2012

Police entered the ports of Moin and Limon, which had been paralyzed for two days because of a strike, reactivating the loading and unloading of goods.

On Tuesday 12 June, the Trade Unions of Japdeva began a strike at the ports of Limon and Moin, protesting against an award made by the Costa Rican government for the construction and operation of a dock for container ships to the Dutch firm APM Terminals.

Costa Rica: Controversy Continues on Port Reform

March 2011

In what seems a never ending story, the government of Costa Rica has opened the possibility for new dialogue with unions from the ports of Limon and Moin.

The Costa Rican government announced that in discussions with port unions (SINTRAJAP) a two month timeframe to reach an agreement was set.

Costa Rica: Port Workers Vote in Favor of Concession

January 2010

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.

Workers also voted to remove the directors of the worker's union, whom oppose private operation of the ports.

Indefinite Strike at Costa Rican Ports

October 2009

Workers from Japdeva have paralyzed port operations in Limón and Moín due to labor demands.

This measure taken by Japdeva, the state port administration entity, has prevented serving fruit cargo ships, and the arrival of a cruise ship.

Liroy Pérez, press secretary from the Japdeva Workers Union, stated that "port workers are striking due to unmet salary commitments, as there are two wage adjustments still pending", reports local newspaper La Prensa Libre.

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