The government says it will not give in, have its arm twistest by the protests and is keeping firm on its plans for tax reforms.
According to President Carlos Alvarado, the protests will not change his mind and is in the firm belief that the Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform) is the way to avoid a financial crisis in the country.
Up to 24 public institutions that were affected by the strike on Monday have requested the illegality of the strike.
“Seven ministries filed a request before the Attorney General’s Office and 17 institutions of the decentralized public sector before the Labor Courts,” informed the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Steven Núñez Rímola.
The institutions listed by Núñez were:
- Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)
- Correos de Costa Rica
- Sistema Nacional de Radio y Televisión (SINART)
- Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT)
- Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)
- Ministerio de Justicia y Paz (MJP)
- Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI)
- Ministerio de Vivienda y Asentamientos Humanos
- Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA)
- Junta de Administración Portuaria para el Desarrollo de la Vertiente Atlántica (JAPDEVA)
- Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL)
- Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE)
- Instituto de Desarrollo Rural (INDER)
- Ministerio de Salud
- Junta de Protección Social
- Banco Central de Costa Rica
- Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA)
- Ministerio de Hacienda
- Imprenta Nacional
- Seguridad Pública
- Ministerio de Educación
- Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud
As explained by President Carlos, a judge will determine within three days if the strike is declared illegal, if so, the protesters will have 24 hours to return to their jobs.
Those who require medical services, as well as students, are the citizens who suffer most in this national strike that for the most part has been centered in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of San Jose.
The government reiterated that the dialogue table is open for unions if they end the strike.