Fuerza Pública officers moved into the Limón docks Sunday. Officials said that the action was to comply with international security rules.
However, the presence of the police also is a message to the union of those who work on the public docks. The Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Junta de Administración Portuaria de la Vertiente Atlántica is prone to pull wildcat strikes.
The union is opposing the construction in Moín of the APM container handling terminal which, some members feel, will put the inefficient public docks out of business.
Gustavo Mata Vega, minister of Seguridad Pública made the announcement. He said that an agreement had been reached with the port manager, the Junta de Administración Portuaria de la Vertiente Atlántica, a public agency.
The police presence is to guarantee the national security exportations and international commerce, said the ministry.
About 80 percent of the nation’s exports pass through the Limón and Moín docks. Every time the union strikes, there are major losses to pineapple and banana producers.