State media company Sinart signs pact with union

After eight years the Costa Rican state-funded communications group and an employee association have reached a collective agreement that improves the benefits of the employees.

This is the first such agreement in Costa Rica history for the media, according to the press release.

Officials of the Sistema Nacional de Radio y Televisión signed an agreement that will allow certain benefits to the employees of the station, according to Fernando Vargas, president of the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados. He said that some of the benefits were an economic package for those that are unjustly fired and the creation of a labor relations board.

“This is very important because it will work as a filter . . . The board won’t allow the worker to be abused,” said Vargas.

Another benefit was a pledge of up to 220,000 colons (about $440) to help an employee pay for a funeral of an immediate family member.

The agreement hasn’t been put into force because both sides are waiting for the Ministerio de Trabajo to ratify it.

Sinart S.A. runs Canal 13 television, Radio Nacional at 101.5 FM and a publicity agency.

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