Court inspects hospitals to see if strike is legal

While unions representing workers in the public hospitals plan another series of demonstrations today, the central government is counting on a court to declare the strike illegal.

The Poder Judicial confirmed that representatives of the Juzgado Laboral de Goicoechea inspected Hospital México, the Hospital Nacional de Niños, Hospital Blanco Cervantes and the Hospital Psiquiátrico Wednesday to learn about the situation first hand.

The government filed the case Tuesday. About 12 percent of the workers at the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social were on strike Tuesday, but much of the health services were not affected seriously.

The labor court did not appear to have made a decision at the close of business Wednesday.

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