The union that represents the workers at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social says that the government does not have enough money to make the annual Christmas bonus payment to retired workers.
The union is the Unión Nacional de Empleados de la Caja y la Seguridad Social. It said the government is supposed to pay 28.2 billion colons, about $55.7 million.
The statement comes at a time when lawmakers are considering the annual budget.
The Christmas bonus or aguinaldo is usually equal to a month’s pay.