Banana strike at Sixaola finally comes to an end

An agreement has put an end to the strike by banana workers in the Sixaola area in southeast Costa Rica..

President Laura Chinchilla announced through her Twitter account that the banana workers struck a deal with the Del Monte subsidiary, the Banana Development Corp., known as Bandeco.

“Thanks to the mediation by the Ministerio de Trabajo, an agreement has been signed between the union and the banana company to lay down the strike,” she wrote in Spanish at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday.

There are no details as to whether Bandeco agreed
to the demands that the banana worker union sought. Monday, representative José María Villalta Florez-Estrada of the Partido Frente Amplio, held a press conference with Luis Angel Serrano, president of Sindicato de Trabajadores de Plantaciones Agricolas, to demand for the Ministerio de Trabajo to intervene in the strike. The Sindicato de Trabajadores de Plantaciones Agricolas accused Bandeco of violating their human and worker rights by lowering their pay and not paying them overtime.

Meanwhile, at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, physicians remained on strike despite lenghty neogiations Wednesday.

More talks are scheduled today. The Caja runs the public hospitals which have been crippled.

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