Costa Rica port strike continues in row over APM Terminals concession

Monday, October 27, 2014

Talks between Costa Rica's labor ministry (MTSS) and Sintrajap, the labor union for Atlantic port authority Japdeva, ended without agreement on Monday, extending the labor strike called in opposition to APM Terminals' Moin container terminal concession.

Sintrajap workers have been on strike since October 22 in protest at the award of the concession to APM Terminals. Despite proposals from the government to develop the port and analyze the union's future role in the terminal, the strike will continue according to tweets from local papers and the ministry.

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APM Terminals won the concession to build and operate the port in August 2011 and the award was later approved by the national comptroller. Sintrajap, however, took legal action challenging the concession, alleging that the project would create a monopoly.

While an initial hearing was resolved in favor of APM Terminals in 2012, Sintrajap appealed to the supreme court.

The supreme court ratified the initial judgment at the beginning of October.

Negotiations are expected to resume on Wednesday.