February 17th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A conglomeration of public-sector labor unions have finalized the date for what organizers described as a “mega strike” earlier this month, setting the date for Tuesday, February 25th.
Unions are upset at an executive decree granting some 200,000 public sector employees a wage increase of just 0.453% for this year – or ¢453 per ¢100,000 of their salaries – which leaders say is “not even enough to buy toilet paper.”
Gliberto Cascante, president of the National Association of Educators (ANDE), said earlier this month that the decision to delay what union leaders are calling a “mega strike” until the end of the month was in part based on the start of the school year.
“We will not be irresponsible and go on strike at the start of the school year, so we will wait a few weeks in order to organize better,” he said.
Cascante added that the public sector unions would do “whatever it takes” to avoid a third National Liberation Party (PLN) president coming to power.
Amongst the unions planning to join in the strikes are the National Association of Educators (ANDE), the Association of Secondary School Teachers (APSE), the Medical Union, and several other groups.