Port Concession in Limon and Moin Complicates Even More

The labor union of the Caribbean ports of Costa Rica re-elected directors which are radically opposed to concession the ports to private investors.

Monday, January 24, 2011

At the same time in which dredging has started in order to increase capacity of tankers docking at Moin -with an expansion of the oil terminal which will be tendered in March 2011 - the workers voted overwhelmingly to re-elect union leaders who oppose granting management of the ports to the private sector.

This represents a blow to the Costa Rican government, which has acknowledged it has other plans to boost the indispensable modernization of port operations in the Caribbean, but to continue dialogue with the unions.

An article in Nacion.com, reviewed the immediate consequences of this union election, "Poor Limon, poor Costa Rica! The triumph of the union which opposes concessions and the modernization of the docks of Limon and Moin, responsible, along with politicians and governments of years past, of neglecting Limon, worsened violence and poverty in the province. You cannot fight drug trafficking and crime in an atmosphere of confusion, lawlessness, impunity, underdevelopment and union port privileges.”

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Union Twists Government’s Arm

May 2011

The government of Costa Rica has put on hold "indefinitely" the process for the concession of the ports of Limon and Moin.

Caught between the demands of port efficiency by the productive sectors and the real power of the union, the Chinchilla administration has back tracked on its intention to grant concessions to private companies for the modernization and operation of the ports of Limon and Moin, and now intends to invest about $70 million to make sure that this essential modernization takes place, while keeping both terminals under the management of the Port Management Board of the Atlantic (JAPDEVA).

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.

Port Concessions Paralyzed in Costa Rica

August 2010

The Supreme Court has annulled an agreement reached with port workers who endorsed the concession of the Limón and Moín port operations.

The ruling also orders the reinstatement of the previous union board of directors, who opposed the concession of port operations to private companies.

Port Workers Request Secret Vote

July 2009

Leadership from the Limón port workers union have so far opposed all offers from the government.

The union known as Sintrajab, which reunites workers from state-owned Japdeva, is in a standoff with the Costa Rican Government, regarding the concession of operation and administration of the ports to a private entity.

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