Official Holidays are Back at Costa Rican Ports of Limón and Moín

Port activity will once again come to a standstill on 11 days of the year due to the abolition of the reforms agreed with workers.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Costa Rica's constitutional court has ruled illegitimate a reform by the country's Atlantic Port Development Management Board (JAPDEVA in Spanish) that specified the port union's board of directors. The port union (abbreviated SINTRAJAP in Spanish) had negotiated the reform with the government.

A collateral effect of the ruling is the court's order that several decisions taken by the new board be reversed including that stipulating that the ports would be active 365 days a year.

Alonso Mata B. and Vanessa Loaiza writing for state that according to Costa Rica's Exports Chamber the each day of inactivity cost the country $13 million.

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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.

Limon and Moin Ports Go Out to Tender on May

April 2010

On May authorities will unveil the bidding rules for handling these two Costa Rican ports to private operators.

This was announced by Israel Oconotrillo, spokesperson for Japdeva (ports administrator on the Atlantic coast).

The start of this process required a signed agreement between the union of Japdeva workers and Japdeva itself, authorizing the port to be transferred to private operators by paying current employees $137 million in indemnification. Such agreement was finally signed on Tuesday, April 27.

Union Struggle Won’t Affect Limon Privatization

March 2010

An ongoing conflict over who controls the Port Workers Union would not affect the government’s initiative to privatize it.

The current board, lead by Douglas Brenes, is endorsed by the Labor Ministry.

“The competent authority in these matters is the Labor Ministry. Whatever it rules is valid.

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