Defensora has scheduled dock strike negotiations for today

The government team responsible for negotiating with striking Limón dockworkers has agreed to meet later today for negotiations arranged by the defensora de los habitantes.

The defensora, Monserrat Solano Carboni, has agreed to mediate and set 2 p.m. as the time for renewed negotiations.

Víctor Morales Mora, the minister of Trabajo, notified her of the central government’s willingness by letter, which he released to the press.

The union, the Sindicato de Trabajadores de JAPDEVA, have little to negotiate. The strike already has been declared illegal by a labor court.

The government is declining to negotiate a key clause in a contract for a new container facility that is the main reason for the strike.

And Morales has declared that there will be no amnesty for strikers who break the law.

A main reason for the negotiations today would be to reduce the criminality in Limón. Tractor trailer cabs have been burned and flaming barricades are put up nearly every night.

Monday night police caught two men trying to cut the petroleum pipeline that runs from Moín to storage locations maintained by Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A. One of the men is a suspect in a robbery that resulted in a warrant being issued in his name.

The vandals who have been caught are not union members, but there have been accusations that the union members or individuals in the union are encouraging this lawlessness.

The Limón port agency is the Junta de Administración Portuaria y Desarrollo Económica de la Vertiente Atlántica, known as JAPADEVA.

Strikers are asking that the central government renegotiate a contract with APM Terminals so that the Dutch firm did not have exclusivity over handling containers at the $1 billion port it proposes to build as a concession.

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