Government defends anticipated fuel hikes

Casa Presidencial is defending hikes in the price of motor fuel and said that despite increases the cost to consumers remains the lowest in the last five years for the months of June and July.

Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A. has announced increases of 84 colons a liter for super gasoline, 76 colons for plus and 70 colons for diesel.

The statement from the government blamed a shortage in the petroleum supply, a change in the fuel mixtures due to climate and the colon-dollar rate of exchange.

At the same time, a legislator, Otto Guevara Guth of Movimiento Libertario, announced he is taking action against another factor. He said that he has filed an action of unconstitutionality against the union contract between the refinery and its workers.

He cited a number of aspects that he suggested were excessive, including scholarships for employee children, marriage and child birth bonuses and special medical care.

The agreement is with the Sindicato de Trabajadores Petroleros, Químicos y Afines.

The Sala IV constitutional court upheld the constitutionality of the labor contract in a decision announced last week, but Guevara seems to be trying a different tack.

Otto Guevara Guth and his filing

Otto Guevara Guth and his filing

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