Thursday’s Union Workers Protest Had No Major Impact On Essential Services

By Rico

Photo Steven Oviedo, La Nacion

Photo Steven Oviedo, La Nacion

QCOSTARICA – Thursday’s protest by public sector workers, joined in by former porteadores (informal taxis that lost their concession) was pretty calm throughout the country, with no major impact on the roads, schools and medical centres.

While the major concentration of protests was on the streets on downtown San Jose, union workers gathering at the Parque Cental and walking to the Legislative Assembly building a few blocks away, several small groups closed the autopista General Cañas for a few minutes in the area of the monumento del agua, in La Uruca.

In Limon, union workers of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de Japdeva (Sintrajap) – dock workers – joined in the protest to demand the more investment by the government in the modernization of the Limon and Moin ports. The workers also protested against the concession given to the Dutch company, APM terminal, to develop and operate a container terminal in Limon.

Back in San Jose, a number of schools reported a shortage of teacher staff, one or more schools were closed, like the Liceo de San José, in Barrio México, for lack of teachers.

At state hospitals, surgeries were cancelled and a number of staff joined in the day … continue reading