Unionism Gaining Power in Costa Rica

A state company with high impact on the conditions that determine the economic development of the country, has agreed to intervention on the part of union workers in its institutional management in telecommunications and electricity.

Monday, September 21, 2015


How is it possible to reconcile the different and often conflicting interests between managing a state monopoly and a union, without affecting the higher interests of Costa Rican citizens?

By signing the agreement with the union workers, the directors of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) could be conceding power to manage, which would be illegal not only in formal terms but inadmissible as a management practice. In any case, you can listen -without it be binding- to the opinion of the unions on issues of human resources management, but never their concede to interference in the management of the "core" business, which in this case exhaustively "includes restructuring and market research ","integration of agencies and the Electric Contingency bill ".

Nación.com reports that "... The ICE's chief executive, Carlos Obregon, signed a pact with the head of the Internal Workers Front (FIT), Fabio Chaves, which gives the trade union the ability to intervene in the management of human resources and strategy of the institution. The agreement was signed on June 12, in an activity which was also attended by the members of the unions that make up the FIT, and managers of the divisions of Telecommunications, Electricity and administrative management. "

Why does the law demand the directors of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute to have high knowledge and skills, officials who are appointed in their positions by state powers elected by all citizens, when these executives end up handing over their responsibilities to people chosen by union leaders?

It is not yet clear what powers of resolution and decision making the "bipartisan commissions" will have, entities to be created according to the covenant of reference, to be integrated with "... a team of experts, joint bipartite, to study, dimension and resolve the proposals of the FIT. " We expect a clarification from the directors of the ICE.

See ICE Gives Unions Power to Affect the Entity

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