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2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Costa Rica

Publisher International Trade Union Confederation
Publication Date 6 June 2013
Cite as International Trade Union Confederation, 2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Costa Rica, 6 June 2013, available at: [accessed 23 September 2017]
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Anti-union discrimination: In January 2012, the president of the Finca Monte Providencia union and members of parliament in Costa Rica denounced labour rights violations in pineapple plantations belonging to the Standard Fruit Company. Pineapple workers in the Huetar North, Caribbean and South Zone districts were unfairly dismissed, particularly those attempting to join a union or those disabled by work-related accidents.

Intervention in union premises: In March 2012, 56 judicial investigation representatives and several riot police, all of whom were armed, forced their way into the offices of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de JAPDEVA y Afines Portuarios (SINTRAJAP). The block in which the union's facilities are located in the port of Limon, was cordoned off and citizens were prevented from entering the building. The unionists were held in the office and were then, one by one, taken into custody in the area outside the cordon.

Collective agreements are disrespected: In January 2013, the government attempted to introduce a new bill to eliminate extra salary benefits for teachers and other public sector workers in violation of collective agreements negotiated decades ago by unions. The Public Sector Salary Bill would affect benefits bonuses that are exclusive to educators such as annuities and extra pay for work outside of the classroom.

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