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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...

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...

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...

“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...

Barclays tells investors to exchange their Costa Rican bonds for Salvadorans

Barclays international bank told its investors on Thursday through a report that it would move its Costa Rican bond positions for ones from El Salvador. The strategy they suggest to their investors is to get out of the (Costa Rica) positions of the external debt...

Costa Rica National Strike Testing New President

Thousands of Costa Ricans today enter their seventh day of protests against the proposed plan fiscal (tax reform), maintaining firm on the call from the public sector labor unions to maintain a national strike. The protests have interrupted mains roads that affected the carrying of...

Unions threaten President Alvarado’s trip to the U.S. this month

The strike by public employees against the plan fiscal (tax reform) could truncate a trip abroad by President Carlos Alvarado, planning to make his first appearance at the 73rd general assembly of the United Nations (UN) and in search of foreign investments. The president's trip...

“Gran Marcha” Is On!

The "gran marcha" is on. Labor unions estimate that some 160,000 people will take part in the manifestations in San Jose today (Wednesday), demanding the Government withdraw the Bill for the Strengthening of Public Finances - the Combo Fiscal as it has come to...

The places that refuse to go on strike!

Since Friday night, circulating on social media is a list of places where the effects of the strike on Monday - or the rest of the week -  against the tax plan, will not affect. We are not talking about hospitals, clinics, or much less...

Teachers, Muncipal & Health Workers Strike in San Jose!

Wednesday was a day of strikes and protests in downtown San Jose, as thousands of public sector employees took to the streets against the tax reforms that will increase the burden on workers and the middle class.   The day started with no commuter train service,...

Attorney General Takes Action To Declare Strike By Judicial Workers Illegal

The Juzgado de Trabajo de Pococí (Labor Court) in Limon, is getting the proverbial 'hot potato', to deal with the striking workers of the Poder Judicial (the Judiciary). But why in Pococi? The Labor Procedural Reform establishes that an employer can apply for classification in any...

Strike Of Judicial Workers Could Continue To Wednesday Next

Q COSTA RICA - The national strike by workers of the Judiciary (Poder Judicial) is expected to continue until Wednesday next when a meeting between union leaders and legislators is to take place. Since this past Wednesday, officials began a national 'protest movement' due to...

Two Days Of Protests!

QCOSTARICA - For today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) expect more traffic congestion, suspension of public services, such as medical appointments at hospital and clinics, classes and others, as thousands of public sector employees take to the streets of two days of protests. The protest, days...

Public Employee Unions To Strike On April 26 and 27 In Opposition To Tax Reforms

QCOSTARICA - The unions forming the Bloque Unitario Sindical y Social Costarricense (Bussco) will strike on April 26 and 27, to oppose the tax reform proposals by the government and the proposed performance evaluation of public employees. Gilberto Cascante, president of the  Asociación Nacional de...

Uber Drivers In India Go On Strike. Could Same Happen in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - Now that Uber has officially, albeit illegal according to the government, started operations in the country, could a strike by drivers be possible? In India, hundreds of disgruntled Uber drivers staged a one-day hunger strike in Hyderabad against denial of promised incentives and...

Monday’s Protest By ICE Workers Expected To Be Peaceful

(qCOSTARICA) More than 80 traffic officials have been assigned to the task controlling traffic condition in downtown San Jose today, as workers of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) take to streets today, in defence of public employment. Although the ICE workers union, the Asociación...

Get Ready For Another Fun Week in Costa Rica. Not.

(qCOSTARICA) Get ready for another (not) fun week in Costa Rica, more particularly in San Jose, where protests are expected wreak more than usual traffic havoc. Announced is a one day strike by workers of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) for Monday, July 27,...

San Jose Garbage Collectors Walk Out Thursday

QCOSTARICA - Some 400 tons of garbage accumulated in the streets of San Jose Thursday, with the work stoppage by the city's garbage collectors. The workers began protesting at 6:00am because they say they lack the proper equipment to do their job and the municipality's...

Strike Continues At Majority Of The Ebais Clinics

Workers of 34 of the 45 Equipos Básicos de Atención Integral en Salud (Ebais) -  Basic Equipment Comprehensive Health Care operated by the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) continue their strike and the panorama is not encouraging. The 220 workers of the Ebais...

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