Unacceptable Threat by a Trade Union Leader

The private companies should have to consider the risk posed to Costa Rica's business climate by the excesses of state union leaders.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Costa Rica's democratic traditions pale before the attempt made by a trade unionist to silence the media by threatening the safety of journalists.

An article in Crhoy.com quote statements made by the union member Fabio Chaves regarding the news in Costa Rican media revealing information about unacceptable privileges enjoyed by many officials, acquired against article 57 of the Constitution itself: "Wages will always be equal for equal work under identical conditions of efficiency."

"You (the media) will be responsible as well as the right of this country for what might happen in this country (...) If we are attacked and we are being attacked, we will respond, from a legal point of view but also from the point of the street (...) Later when you are in the street don't ask people why they came after you and why they are complaining about you. " See: "Unionist blames media and threatens "don't complain afterwards".

The growing inanity of the Costa Rican political system is causing power vacuums that today some state union members are trying to fill, legitimized only by their de facto force, and fitting in perfectly into the concept of tyranny, as they "identify with an abusive and cruel use of political power, a power which not only have they usurped illegitimately, but also which they exercise unfairly, repressing any opposition "(the definition of tyranny of Wikipedia).

Costa Rican media directors repudiated the threats made by the trade unionist, as noted in an article in Nacion.com:

- "It is a coward threat. I am no surprised that something like this comes from Fabio Chaves, who seems not to understand the democratic dynamic," said Ignacio Santos, director of Channel 7 Television news.

- "When a movement such as a trade union makes threats like this, the system must rethink the functioning of these organizations," said Silvia Ulloa, director of CRhoy.com.

IN the next review of opportunities and threats to their companies, entrepreneurs and managers will have to consider the risk posed to Costa Rica's business climate by the excesses of state union leaders.

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