Tourism staff strikes for half a day

Employees at the tourism institute said that they conducted a work stoppage for a half day Monday to protest the possibility of changes in their salaries.

They said their views had been overlooked by the minister, Mauricio Ventura. They would like a joint committee to study the matter and negotiations.

The employees said that the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo brought in $45.5 million in 2015 and that $7 million of that went into a fund for a new convention center. Most of the money comes from a $15 tax on arriving tourists.

Some 45 percent of the employees earn less than 1 million colons (about $1,850) a month, said the announcement.

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