Mental Hospital Workers Reach Accord in Strike

June 6, 2008

A strike that paralyzed the nation’s largest psychiatric hospital ended last week after negotiators reached a compromise.

From May 16-23, approximately 100 workers of the NationalPsychiatric Hospital in San José were on strike, protesting working conditions and the lack of staff to control and treat the asylum’s 700 patients, many of them severely mentally ill.

The Social Security Administration, also  known as the Caja, agreed to create 50 newpositions in the short term and study the creation of more positions by January, among other measures.

Union leadership had originally demanded 262 new positions, a higher stipend for working with high-risk patients and an improved vacation policy.

Union leader Carlos Gómez framed the results of the negotiations as a success.

“This is a great victory in the workingclass battle,” he said. “We obtained 50 new positions for different departments in January, the awarding of permanent positions to all temporary workers, a budget increase of ¢100 million (about $200,000) for equipment and a doubling of the stipend.” He added that the Caja tried to resist the settlement.

A press release from the Caja framed the results differently.

“(Hospital Director) Rosa María Villalobos as well as Caja Chief Administrator Alberto Acuña indicate their satisfaction with the agreement and recognized the openness the institution has always had to sit down with workers to negotiate,” it states.

The release states 15 new positions will be created in cleaning and 35 more in nursing, administration and security.

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title
Keylor Navas
120 views
Keylor Navas
120 views

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title

Katherine Stanley - May 26, 2018

Costa Rica's star goalie, Keylor Navas, continued his historic march through world football as his club team, Real Madrid, won…

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah
sports
200 views
sports
200 views

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 25, 2018

Part III in a series on adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I, about the country's association for disabled…

It’s frog orgy season
Environment and Wildlife
1302 views
Environment and Wildlife
1302 views

It’s frog orgy season

Lindsay Fendt - May 25, 2018

The rainy season is upon us. For many of us that means hiding indoors for the next few months, but for Costa…