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Costa Rica’s Powerful Unions to Take To The Streets Against IMF Bill

Costa Rica is trying to rein in one of the world’s highest public sector wage bills, pitting powerful unions against the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The government is trying to eliminate hundreds of "pluses" (supplementary payments) that it pays employees, but some...

Constitutional Court Gives The Green Light To The Tax Reform Bill

The Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional, also known as "Sala IV"), on Friday endorsed the process of the tax reform (plan fiscal) promoted by the government of Carlos Alvarado, in its task to put in order the country's finances and avoid an economic crisis. The tax...

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...

Unions Say General Strike Making an Impact As National Strike Heads Into Day 3

Costa Rica's labor unions said its second day of the national strike is having an effect against a proposed Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform). On Tuesday, the head of the ANEP, one of the largest public sector unions, Albino Vargas said they were satisfied with the...

San Jose municipal employees prevent the passage of the commuter train (Photos)

Although the commuter train service was not suspended due to the strike, a group of San Jose municipal employees hindered in protest the service by blocking the road in the vicinity of the municipal offices. Despite the blockade, the President of the Incofer (railway) Elizabeth...

Costa Rica Is Tops … In Bureaucracy

QCOSTARICA - Despite its financial constraints, Costa Rica is one of the countries in the world, dedicating more resources to support the public sector. Compared with the nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a group where entry is by invitiation, Costa...

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...


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