Costa Rican lawmakers to probe Labor Minister on recent business closures, layoffs

March 3, 2015
4 Comments

Costa Rica’s Labor Minister Víctor Morales Mora will appear before the Legislative Assembly to testify about recent hikes in unemployment rates and businesses closures.

A majority of 54 of the total 57 lawmakers on Monday evening passed a motion to question Morales before the full Assembly about the government’s response to job losses in recent weeks.

Legislators will also ask Morales to explain the Solís administration’s policies on job creation and its plans to attract foreign direct investment.

Morales responded positively to the motion on his Facebook page Monday evening.

“I would like to express my absolute willingness to appear before the full Assembly…as improving employment rates is one of this administration’s key goals,” Morales wrote, adding that he had “a lot to report.”

He said it’s imperative to bring together the government and the business sector. He also said a legislative agenda aimed at improving employment is equally necessary.

Expreso mi absoluta disposición de asistir al Plenario Legislativo a compartir con los Diputados y Diputadas, y con la…

Víctor Morales Mora 发布于 2015年3月2日

The lawmakers’ request comes on the heels of cutbacks announced by two food companies.

Last week local snack manufacturer Alimentos Jack’s announced plans to move 50 percent of its operations to other countries due to high production costs here. And over the weekend the franchise owners of Burger King restaurants in Costa Rica said they would close four of their locations.

In late February the National Statistics and Census Institute reported that unemployement rates in the last quarter of 2014 increased by 1.4 percentage points compared to the same period in 2013, from 8.3 percent to 9.7 percent. That means a total of 220,175 people were unemployed during the last quarter of 2014.

The increase was driven mainly by unemployment among women; female unemployment reached 11.8 percent at the end of 2014 — a 2.7 percentage point increase compared to the previous year — while the unemployment rate for men remained close to 8.3 percent.

In their motion Monday, lawmakers did not set an exact date for Morales’s testimony before the full Assembly.

You may be interested

Christiana Figueres: ‘Costa Rica is in danger of losing what it’s gained’
Elections 2018
254 views
Elections 2018
254 views

Christiana Figueres: ‘Costa Rica is in danger of losing what it’s gained’

Elizabeth Lang - February 20, 2018

One of the most prominent Costa Ricans on the international stage released a statement on Costa Rica's ongoing election process.…

Prison sentence for abortion in El Salvador draws attention to Central American laws
Health
245 views
Health
245 views

Prison sentence for abortion in El Salvador draws attention to Central American laws

Julia Ríos / AFP - February 19, 2018

The recent liberation of Salvadoran woman Teodora Vásquez after 11 years of prison for having an abortion has drawn increased…

5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova
Weekend Arts Spotlight
485 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
485 views

5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova

Elizabeth Lang - February 17, 2018

Music as a way of life, a career, and a path toward achieving big dreams: that's what drives the Costa…