Municipal workers strike ends with accord in Ciudad Colón

After a three-day strike, municipal workers in the Municipalidad de Mora have reached an accord with the local government, according to the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados.

The strike was in Ciudad Colón, the municipality’s administrative center, which is west of San José.

Employees were seeking payment of what is called the salario escolar. For government workers this is a bonus paid to provide funds for children returning to school.

Union officials had been trying to negotiate such payments for the workers in Mora for two years, the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados said. Union negotiators blamed the mayor, Gilberto Monge Pizarro, for failing to move on the issue.

The heart of the agreement is the establishment of a joint committee to set up a mechanism so that the funds could be paid to the workers, said the union association.

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