Government, unions reach agreement, $10 raise unchanged

March 20, 2012

The government reached an agreement with unions one month after thousands of public employees protested in front of the president’s residence in Zapote, in southeastern San José.

The main issue during the demonstration was a unilateral raise of ₡5,000 per month for public workers – the equivalent of $10.  But after 12 hours of negotiations that began Monday and lasted until 1:30 a.m., the salary increase did not change.

The parties who completed the negotiations said they were satisfied with the results. Two unions, the High School Teachers’ Association and the General Workers Confederation, pulled out of negotiations and have threatened to call more strikes in April.

After the deal was made, Presidency Minister Carlos Ricardo Benavides, reached out to the unions that left the negotiating table to try to convince them to agree to what was set early Tuesday morning, according to the daily La Nación.

The agreements include:

-Returning to a 2007 formula for determining wages during the second half of the year.

-The government reversed a decision made in November that reduced unions’ power to negotiate salaries for public workers by granting the Budget Authority, a government agency, discretionary power to make unilateral salary decisions.

-The government agreed to discuss the a public employment bill and come to a consensus with unions about what it should say over the next six months.

You may be interested

Victorious Champions coach celebrates Costa Rica-style: ‘This is pura vida’
Keylor Navas
69 views
Keylor Navas
69 views

Victorious Champions coach celebrates Costa Rica-style: ‘This is pura vida’

Katherine Stanley - May 27, 2018

Costa Rican superstar goalie Keylor Navas has made his mark on the field for Real Madrid, but also on the…

5 questions for Costa Rican artist Rossella Matamoros
Weekend Arts Spotlight
69 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
69 views

5 questions for Costa Rican artist Rossella Matamoros

Elizabeth Lang - May 27, 2018

Using art in all its possible expressions has motivated Rossella Matamoros for more than two decades. At home in Costa Rica…

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title
Keylor Navas
163 views
Keylor Navas
163 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…