The Environment As Excuse For Union Corporatism

In Costa Rica a judicial ruling has lifted a restriction in order to advance the construction of port for container ships in Moin.

Monday, April 7, 2014

In February the Japdeva Workers Union (Sintrajap) filed a motion to prevent two km of road being built for the construction of the New Moin Mega Container port and in response to an appeal, the Administrative Court imposed as a precautionary measure suspension of the work. Now the decision has been made to remove the restriction so that the work can continue, though it will set the project back by a further two months.

"With this rejection of Sintrajap's environmentalist arguments from the Court the Conavi can now undertake the works."

"The first step will be to open a 40 meter wide track which will mean the removal of 1,399 trees, of which 500 will be planted elsewhere, subject to approval from the National System of Conservation Areas, Chacon said. Work should begin this year in order to meet the schedule. "



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