About the campaign
6 November 2014
Pressure by SINTRAJAP, backed by ITF affiliates and Costa Rican unions, has forced the government back into negotiations, but despite this first victory the situation remains tense. Watch this space for further news.
Hundreds of police officers stormed Puerto Limon's Moin and Limon terminals last Thursday 23rd October, violently attacking workers and arresting 68 men and women who were peacefully striking. The workers were detained, then the port re-opened Friday with strikebreakers, some of them from nearby countries, replacing the union members. There is TV footage of the incident.
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
1. Send messages to the President (Step 2, above right)
2. Hold visible, legal protests outside Costa Rican embassies and diplomatic representations (see http://cr.embassyinformation.com/)
The dispute arose over the 33-year, $1 billion expansion deal won by APM to run a new terminal, which has been the subject of a legal battle. Under the microscope has been the huge competitive advantage granted to APM, who negotiated the exclusive right to handle containers, casting a shadow over the future of the state-owned port company Japdeva in the Moin and Limon terminals. Japdeva in turn has an explicit role as regional economic development engine, helping to fund education and health services.
The union has won significant support at home, with other public sector workers offering solidarity, and locals keenly feeling both the potential loss of Japdeva’s much-needed public sector income and understanding the environmental effects. The new facility could compromise the nesting grounds of leatherback turtles and endanger manatees, dolphins and coral reefs.
Regionally, Latin American dockworkers’ unions have rallied and presented petitions to Costa Rican embassies. Now please show your support globally!
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