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COSTA RICA NEWS — Despite the Limón ports being open, dock workers of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de Japdeva (Sintrajap) union continue with their strike action.

Today Monday, the trade unions of ICE, INS and RECOPE are expected to meet with the Sintrajap members to assess support for the strike

The leader of the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados (ANEP), Albino Vargas, confirmed Sunday afternoon that leaders of 15 guilds will head to Limón to meet with port workers and their union leaders.

Joining the ANEP are major unions such as the Frente Interno de Trabajadores del Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), the Frente Interno de Trabajadores del Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), the sindicato de la Refinería Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) and the Sindicato Nacional de Enfermería (SNE).

Vargas explained that they will assess the status of the ports of Moín and Limón to develop an action plan to support the strike against the Japdeva and the government of Luis Guillermo Solís in protest of the concession contract awarded to the Dutch company, APM Terminals to create a megaport.

The Sinjatrap union says the concession will create a monopoly for APM Terminals.

President Solís has said he will stay firm on the issue.

The APM Terminals contract was negotiated and signed in 2010 by former President Laura Chinchilla. In the past two years the contract has been vetted through the Court system, early last week the Supreme Court confirming the validity of the contract and suspended all appeals, paving the way for the start of port construction before the end of this year.

Two days later, on Wednesday, the Sintrajap union called for an indefinite strike, followed by a police action 10 hours later, to break up the strike and bring in private (non-union) workers to re-open the docks. This unleashed violence at night by hooligans on the streets of Limón, which continued into Sunday.


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