Wednesday 23 June 2021

Strike that paralyzed public health last month declared illegal

Despite the ruling, salaries for days not worked will not be reduced

The eight-day strike of public health sector workers last month was declared illegal by Juzgado de Trabajo de San José (San Jose Labor Court).

From August 5 to 12, thousands of workers of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) crippled the State health system, as more than 120,000 exams and diagnostic procedures, 80,000 medical appointments and 1,600 surgeries canceled.

- Advertisement -

From the first day of the work stoppage, the CCSS appealed to the labor court to declare the strike illegal. But the system is slow.

The CCSS and workers finally came to an agreement, signed by the executive president of the Caja, Roman Macaya, where the workers would continue to keep their bonus structure in place prior to the Tax Reform law that went into effect in December 2018.

Despite the strike declared illegal, the ruling does not allow the Caja to reduce salary for days not worked.

However, two points that make the court decision moot. One is the Comptroller’s office directive that CCSS workers must comply with the Tax Reform and ordered the Caja board of directors to nullify the agreement signed.

- Advertisement -

The other is a bill in the legislative assembly that, if approved, would make possible salary reductions for days not worked, limit strikes of public sector employees, among other provisions. The bill was approved in first debate, but hours before the beginning of second and final debate, a consult with the Constitutional Court was requested.

The between the CCSS and the trade unions, led by the Frente Sindical para la Defensa de la CCSS, have filed legal actions in various courts, as well as before the Board of Directors of the Caja, to enforce what they call acquired rights.

At stake is the government’s push cut costs as it tries to steer the state finances to a healthy position, by limiting bonuses paid to public sector employees at a fixed amount, and not as a percentage, as had been prior to the Tax Reform Law, and agreed to between the CCSS president and unions.

 

 

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Q Costa Rica
Reports by QCR staff

Related Articles

Today’s Covid News: Average daily deaths from Covid-19 begins to decline

QCOSTARICA - The week of June 13 to 19 registered a...

Should the vaccination against covid-19 be opened?

QCOSTARICA - Six months after the start of vaccination against covid-19,...

MOST READ

Weather, friendly locals, cost of living: expats in Mexico, Costa Rica enjoy same things

EXPAT FOCUS (MND) Of course it was no surprise that readers of Mexico News Daily voted Mexico as the No. 1 expat destination in...

OIJ investigation into road works corruption leads to inquiries in Panama

QCOSTARICA - The prestige of the company of some of the richest men in Costa Rica hangs by a thread. For many, the MECO...

Will that be Cash or Sinpe Móvil?

QCOSTARICA - Sinpe Móvil is easy to use. From your phone, you can send money to friends, family and pay for things. Or receive...

Germany opens borders to Ticos from this Friday!

QCOSTARICA - Good news for Ticos with traveling fever! From Friday, June 25, Germany will allow entry of travelers from Costa Rica as long...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 22: plates ending in 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate

Today, Tuesday, June 22, plates ending in 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

Carlos Alvarado: “Don Rodolfo has my confidence”

QCOSTARICA - President Carlos Alvarado said he has all the confidence in his Minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT, Rodolfo Méndez Mata, and...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

The Best Sports To Play On A Beach

Costa Rica has some of the best beaches in the world. The coastline is blessed with golden sand, beautiful palm trees, and perfect blue...

Companies covered up defective asphalt

QCOSTARICA - The judicial file of the Cochinilla Case, on alleged corruption in road works, exposes how three companies would have covered up the...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

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.