Costa Rica national strike - starting Monday

Monday September 10, will be something else for Costa Rica, especially in the Central Valley, where the single largest group of people is expected to be protesting in the National Strike called by a grouping of public and private sector unions.

Unless this Friday’s expected negotiations between the government of Carlos Alvarado and the unions will show some last minute results, the national strike will likely affect everyone.

The protests are against the Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform) currently being debated in the Legislative Assembly. The Ministry of Education is threatening to dock wages of teachers not showing up for work on Monday. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) says it has plan to guarantee medical attention at clinics and hospitals across the country.

Micheal Soto, the Minister of Security, says the police is prepared to avoid blockades on the roads, reminding that blocking a public road is illegal. Soto is clear: “We are in a country of laws and anyone has the right to demonstrate, but the closure of (public) roads is a crime and we cannot allow that to happen.” But despite Soto’s strong words, in the past protesters have blocked roads while police stood by.

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