Grupo Nación, Merck downsizing workforces in Costa Rica
Two prominent companies in Costa Rica, publisher Grupo Nación and pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme, announced department cutbacks and layoffs this week.
The announcements came amid reports this week that as many as 2.4 million Latin Americans could lose their jobs this year in the wake of the global economic downturn, ending a five-year rally of declining unemployment, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said Tuesday.
Merck Sharp & Dohme will close its packaging plant in the western San José district of Pavas at the end of 2009, making about 104 employees expendable, according to company spokeswoman Irene Arguedas. However, Arguedas stressed that the scheduled closure is “an unfortunate coincidence,” not a consequence of the global finaincial crisis.
Grupo Nación, which publishes the newspapers La Nación, Al Día, La Teja and Vuelta en U, announced that the restructuring was the result of reduction in advertising. The publisher will lay off 25 people, cut budgets in all areas of production by 15 percent, and eliminate Vuelta en U´s print product, turning it into an online-only newspaper, management said in Thursday´s La Nación.
Another sign of recession, the construction sector has reported 15,000 job losses, according to TV channel 7.
“The employment crisis has arrived in the region,” ILO´s regional director for Latin America Jean Maninat said in Lima, Peru. “After five consecutive years of unemployment, until 2008, the rate will go back up in 2009.”
You may be interested
Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravanAFP - October 20, 2018
Mexican authorities on Saturday allowed dozens of women and children from the Honduran migrant caravan to pass into its territory,…
Venezuela accuses Costa Rica of ‘subordination’ to U.S.AFP - October 20, 2018
Venezuela criticized Costa Rica this week for expressing support for several countries that have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC)…
Lifeguards call for help in Costa Rica: support their work in OsaPerry Gladstone - October 20, 2018
Over the last four years, the Lifeguards of Costa Ballena have performed 240 in-water rescues, administered first aid 100 times…