Teachers, health workers to begin two-day strike

Teachers and health workers plan to stage a general strike today and tomorrow to underline demands made to the government.

The health workers’ union promised that critical care will continue without interruption.

The general strike is not to be confused with the traditional workers’ march Sunday, which is international labor day. That march is being organized by the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados. Although anyone can march to air their personal complaint, the public employees are protesting proposed legislation and also the possibility of more taxes.

The general strike today and Wednesday is organized by the Asociación Nacional de Educadores and Bloque Unitario Sindical y Social Costarricense, as well as the Unión Nacional de Empleados de la Caja.

These unions, too, oppose government proposals to change the way salaries are computed and also other limits on remuneration. Another point of unhappiness is what is being called educación dual, which otherwise is known as cooperative education in which a student spends part of the time in class and then works in a job of interest.

The strike today is supposed to take place in the entire country and begin at 6 a.m.

President Luis Guillermo Solís issued a statement confirming the unions right to protest but warned against blocking streets. He also outlined projects that his administration has done.

Parents of public school children have been urged to keep their youngsters home today and Wednesday.

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