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Albino Vargas: ‘There are people calling for a coup d’état and an armed struggle’

During an appearance before the Comisión sobre Huelgas del Congreso (Legislative Commission on Strikes), the secretary-general of the of the strongest public workers unions the ANEP, Albino Vargas, affirmed that the reason the recent national strike last 89 days is the same that motivates...

Sala IV Upholds Remand For Convicted Recope Worker

The Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is also known considered it justified that six months of preventive detention ordered against a Recope worker, sentenced to two years in prison for causing damage to the plant in Moín, Limón. The magistrates rejected a writ...

Education Minister Gives Striking Principals Ultimatum: Return To Classes Or Will Be Replaced

Public school principals may find themselves replaced if they do not return to work today, Monday, November 16, the day the Ministerio de Educacion Publica (MEP) - Ministry of Public Education - begins to organize the 2019 school year. The Minister of Education, Edgar Mora,...

Labor Judge declares the strike by Poder Judicial workers legal

The Juzgado de Trabajo del Segundo Circuito Judicial de San José (Labor Court) declared legal the strike of the employees of the Poder Judicial  - the Judiciary - against the processing of the fiscal reform. The decision of Judge Víctor Manuel Orozco Zárate, made known...

Goverment To Appeal Decision Declaring Recope Workers Strike

President Carlos Alvarado on Tuesday requested the Attorney General to file an appeal on the appeals court decision, declaring the Recope worker's strike legal. The appeals court decision overturned an earlier court decision. As pointed out by the Q legal expert, Rick Philps, the decision...

Appeals Court Declares “Legal” Strike By Recope Workers

The long-running public sector strike got a boost on Monday with the Labor Court decision declaring legal the movement by the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope). The Tribunal de Apelación de Trabajo del II Circuito Judicial de San José said the judge who qualified the...

76% of businesses report losses due to the strike

As a result of the national strike - today in it's 50th day and which continues to be active,  76% of retailers report economic losses, as detailed in a stud by the Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica (CCCR). The strike by the public sector...

On Strike or Vacation? 556 Teachers Supposedly On Strike Left The Country On Self-Given Vacation

Now in the sixth week of the national strike, we learn that the Ministry of Education (MEP) is investigating 556 teachers on strike who traveled out of the country. According to official data, the travel took place between September 9, one before the national...

MEP To Crosscheck With Immigration If More Striking Teachers Went On Vacation

While the majority of public school teachers protest in the streets, in front of the legislative assembly and take part in blockades across the country, the Ministerio de Educación Pública (MEP) has learned of at least one case of a teacher who took advantage...

Recope Workers To Be Back At Work On Thursday

The union representing the workers of the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) today (Wednesday) agreed to reach a deal with the State company, with workers to be back on the job on Thursday. The deal was signed by Alejandro Muñoz, president of the Recope and...

Teacher’s Unions Agree To Continue Strike Indefinitely

The public school teacher's unions, the Asociación Nacional de Educadores (ANDE) and the Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Educación Costarricense (SEC), agreed on Wednesday to continue the indefinite strike, pending the signing of the declaration of illegality (exhausting all processes of notifications and appeals)...

Striking Teachers Rebel Against Court Ruling

The national strike, now in its 31 day, may be coming to a close with the ruling on Tuesday by the Juzgado de Trabajo de Goicoechea declaring the strike by public school teachers illegal. The decision by judge Francisco Quesada was made known at 10:50 am...

Trade Unions Defy “Line In The Sand” Drawn By Government

The Government had given to 5:00 pm Monday, October 8, for the public sector unions to call of the national strike and their membership to return work. Despite the line in the sand, only seven unions, from five institutions, have signed the agreement with...

ICE Workers Strike illegal for affecting essential services; National strike continues

On Monday, two separate courts declared strikes illegal at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS). In the case of ICE (the State electricity and telecom), labor judge, Yadir Jiménez, of the Primer Circuito Judicial de San José (First...

Public Hospital Wokers Back To Work

Workers at public hospitals and clinics (Ebais) were back at work this Monday morning, following an agreement reached in the early hours of Saturday morning. Hospitals like the San Juan de Dios, Calderon and Mexico and others are now busy rescheduling appointments and surgeries lost...

Strikers Protest The Supreme Court in Fight Against the Plan Fiscal

A group of striking public sector workers concentrated in the outskirts of the Corte Suprema de Justicia (Supreme Court of Justice), in downtown San Jose, Monday, to appeal to the magistrates their discontent with the Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform) approved last Friday by the...

Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform) Approved in First Debate. But Strike Will Continue!

This Friday the members of the legislative assembly approved the law on strengthening public finances in the first debate. Friday afternoon, by a vote of 35 in favor and 22 against, legislators approved in first debate bill 20.580, known as the Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform),...

CCSS Comes To An Agreement With Worker Unions To End The Strike

One by one, public sector workers vote to end the national strike that began on September 10. In the early hours of this Saturday morning, the CCSS announced that a deal to end the strike was reached with the worker's union, the Undeca and Sinae. Se...

MAG and Cen-Cinai Workers Agree To Return To Work

Union representatives of the workers of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG) and the Dirección de CEN-CINAI del Ministerio de Salud, agreed to lift the strike movement in these public institutions, reported the Minister of Labor Thursday afternoon. Steven Nuñez said the agreement was...

More than 79,000 students without meals due to closed school lunchrooms

For primary public school children, every day in school means a proper meal. For some, it may be the only decent or even the only meal of the day. Thus the strike by the public workers, now in its 25th day, that includes thousands...

Government Gives One Week To Unions That ‘Wish To Sign The Agreement’

"Today (Monday) we officially closed the preliminary phase of rapprochement in which the Church served as mediator (...) Today we informed the Trade Unions that was here that, on behalf of the Government, we signed the document and all those unions that have not...

The wake of the strike: 90,000 medical appointments and 3,000 surgeries canceled

Today Monday is the start of the fourth week of the national strike by the public sector workers that has left a trail of casualties in the health sector, patients losing medical appointments and surgeries. According to the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS)...

Minister of Education: striking teachers can return to work without fear of being fired

"Nobody is going to lose the job for returning", insists time and again the Minister of Public Education (MEP), Edgar Mora, when he is consulted about the thousands of public school teachers taking part in the national strike. On Sunday, after knowing the public sector...

Time For Plan B. Is There A Plan B?

It is necessary now to start to implement a plan B, as the national strike continues into day 22, now that the union membership rejected on Sunday the preliminary agreement worked by Government and union representatives in over 100 hours of talks in the...

“Deal Reached”, But Strike Continues

The Government and union leaders announced reaching a 'preliminary agreement' in the wee hours of this Saturday morning, but the strike continues, not in its 20th day. The announcement was made at 4:50 am, after 14 hours of negotiations, past the 10 pm Friday deadline...

“A Cruel And Inhumane Act”

Many classified as "a cruel and inhumane act" the interruption of work in the operating rooms and the despair of dozens of patients of the Hospital San Juan de Dios in downtown San Jose. Alejandro Montiel was one of those who waited for more than...

Minister of Labor, “We are very close to an eventual agreement”; Unions, “Strike Continues”

Despite the number of resultions to declare the national strike - now in its 19th day - 'illegal' is up to seven, the strike continues, though ther was a glimpse of hope in the early hours of this morning, Friday, when both sides alluded...

Demonstrators Camped Out Outside Home Of President of Legislative Assembly

The president of the Legislative Assembly, Carolina Hidalgo, was not a happy camper last night when a group of people demonstrated in front of her house in Trinidad de Alajuela. Hidalgo voiced her displesure on Twitter, saying "At this moment a group of people are...

“Marcha de los Gatos” In San Jose On Tap For Today, Day 17 Of The National Strike

With banners illustrated with cats, public labor unions are calling for another national "grand march" for today, Wednesday, September 26, in downtown San Jose.   The "Marcha de los Gatos" (also called "Marcha de los 4 Gatos") - "March of the Cats" - has ironic overtones...

Government and Unions Fail To End Strike Now In Its 16th Day

Following eight hours of talks in their fifth "preliminary meeting" on Monday between the government and public sector unions failed to end the strike of public employees now in its 16th day. Both sides are expected to re-sit today, Tuesday, at 3 pm. At 11 pm...

CNP Workers On Strike Illegally. Strike continues into day 15.

The Labor Court of the First Judicial Circuit of San José ruled that the strike carried out by the workers of the Consejo Nacional de Producción (CNP) -  National Production Council -  is illegal, because the strike is a mechanism to resolve conflicts of a...

Strike Will Take On Avenida Segunda Today

Today, Saturday, the strike movement will take on the center of San José. According to the National Association of Public Employees (ANEP), the call is to meet at La Merced Park at 9:00 am and march peacefully towards the Plaza de las Garantías Sociales,...

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