Business Sector Condemns Port Strike

Costa Rican Industrialists are asking for the ports of Limon and Moin to be removed from the hands of JAPDEVA, the current administrator.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A statement from the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica (ICRC) reads:

- Industrial sector was exposed to millions in losses to the two-day port strike
- 80% of the country’s imports and exports are handled by the port of Moin

June 14, 2012. country's business sector, represented by the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica, ICRC has given a resounding rejection to the strike held by the union of workers of the ports of Limon and Moin, which halted work on the docks for two days, affecting Costa Rica’s production and industrial economy.

Meanwhile, Juan Ramon Rivera, Senior Vice President of the ICRC, applauded the steps taken by the government to take back the ports and get them up and running again. He pointed out that 80% of imports and exports pass through Limon and Moin.

"We think that the strike was pointless, it was irrational, and the government’s actions were successful, taking back the docks this morning. The ports belong to all Costa Ricans and it is not right that because of the choice of one union the country's production is paralyzed", said Rivera.

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