Tuesday, 27 October 2020

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

Education Minister, Edgar Mora, said there are more cases of public school teachers who took advantage of the strike to go 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 of the strike vacation with her family in Cancun, Mexico.

The Ministry of Education plans to determine if any teacher, who did not have a vacation, left the country after September 10, the day on which the strike began. In the photo, the Rofas building that houses the central offices of the MEP.

MEP officials are sure that the case is not unique.

- Advertisement -

To detect the others, the MEP will be crossing the teachers’ bases with data from the immigration service, informed the Minister of Education, Édgar Mora.

With the measure, the MEP aims to establish whether a teacher on strike left the country after September 10, the day on which the protest against the tax reform began.

In Costa Rica, public sector employees during a legal strike have the right to the benefit of their entire salary. In the case of the MEP, it pays out an average of ¢3 billion colones in salaries to teachers and other employees that have not been at work for more than 30 days.

Despite the Labor Court on Tuesday declaring the teachers’ strike illegal, this morning more than 70% of teachers have not returned to work, heeding to the call by their unions to continue the strike until and if the illegality is confirmed. That is the Labor Court decision has gone through all the notification and appeal processes.

- Advertisement -

Last week, the MEP announced the case of a teacher from the Buenaventura Corrales School in San José, who had left the country during the strike. The complaint, filed by a mother of one of the students at the school, is being studied by the Disciplinary Management Department of the Human Resources Directorate of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP).

The MEP verified that the teacher left the country on Friday, September 28  and returned on Monday, October 1.

“Yes, there are more cases, this is not the only one. We are opening investigations (…),” said the Minister.

Lawyer Marco Durante, an expert in labor law, explained that when a person supports a strike movement called by their union or a group of employees, he/she enters into a collective and temporary suspension of the employment contract.

“If it can be verified that under the excuse of a strike a worker takes advantage and goes on vacation, that could eventually be understood as an absence to work that could be sanctioned even with dismissal without employer responsibility (severance),” he added.

According to Durante, the Labor Code establishes that a worker can be dismissed without severance if there is an unjustified absence of two consecutive days or three alternate days accumulated within a month.

- Advertisement -


- Advertisement -
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

National strike this Monday

QCOSTARICA - The education unions Ande, Apse, Undeca and the organizations...

October 12 is NOT a holiday, student community the commemorations mandatory

QCOSTARICA - The October 12, Día de las Culturas, is not...


Surge in speeding and reckless driving in Costa Rica during pandemic

QCOSTARICA - "Fast and Furious" is one way to describe some drivers on the roads during the pandemic, using the near empty streets as...

Fall in fuel sales due to pandemic to affect canton road works

QCOSTARICA - The 82 cantons across Costa Rican could face 2021 marked by the deterioration of local roads, due to the fall in resources...

Costa Rica eliminates covid-19 testing requirement for travelers

QCOSTARICA  - Starting Monday, October 26, tourists, residents and nationals arriving by air in Costa Rica no longer require a negative RT-PCR test. Neither will...

Agreement between legislators: marchamo would drop only for vehicles of less than ¢15 million

QCOSTARICA - Legislators from different political parties reached an agreement on Monday, October 26, to reduce the property tax portion of the 2021 Marchamo,...

14 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in new Congress building

QCOSTARICA - Fourteen officials of the Legislative Assembly were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday. The cases resulted in a temporary suspension of functions, including legislative...

With the dollar rising, should I transfer my loan or my savings from the currency?

QCOSTARICA - The change in the exchange rate of the dollar against the colon is an aspect that causes many concerns and nervousness, not...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.