Costa Rica Coffee Guide

51-day port dispute resolved

July 18, 2008

Following a 13-hour negotiation session last week, the government and the Atlantic Port Authority´s (JAPDEVA) labor union reached an agreement ending a 51-day labor dispute that disrupted cargo handling operations at the Limón-Moín port complex, which handles roughly 80 percent of the country´s maritime cargo.

As of Saturday, the port has been operating 24 hours a day, the daily La Nación reported.

The agreement ends a dispute that resulted in the port not operating between six and 18 hours a day. Union members were demanding overtime pay for hours worked beyond the six-hour shift included in their collective bargaining agreement.

Marco Vargas, inter-institutional coordination minister, said the union workers agreed to switch from working four six-hour shifts to working three eight-hour shifts under the condition that they be paid overtime during the last two hours of the shift.

In addition, the government agreed to create 100 additional positions within JAPDEVA.

Vargas said that now that the crisis has been resolved, the government can focus on advancing its plan to concession the operation and expansion of the port to a private firm. Caldera, the country´s main Pacific shipping port, has been managed by a private firm since late 2006.

Vargas said the government estimates it will be able to issue a tender, organize a bid and select a winner during 2009.

Last week Dutch consulting firm Royal Haskoning presented the government with a master plan for the country´s Caribbean ports, which will serve as the basis for designing the concession tender, the daily La República reported.

You may be interested

Costa Rica approves law punishing street sexual harassment with jail and fines
Costa Rica
5804 views
Costa Rica
5804 views

Costa Rica approves law punishing street sexual harassment with jail and fines

AFP and The Tico Times - July 14, 2020

Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed a law that criminalizes street sexual harassment and punishes it with prison terms…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for July 14, 2020
Costa Rica
21356 views
Costa Rica
21356 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for July 14, 2020

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 14, 2020

Costa Rica confirmed 446 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 8,482 cumulative known cases, the Health…

Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge
Latin America
1219 views
Latin America
1219 views

Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge

Juan José Rodríguez / AFP - July 14, 2020

Hospitals in Panama are on the brink of collapse as coronavirus cases spike in the Central American country worst hit…