Costa Rica: Marches against neoliberal policies and IMF
San Jose, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of members of the labor groups of the Trade Union and Social Movement on Monday marched in Costa Rica against government´s neoliberal policies and any loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In different sites of the country, protesters carry out rallies, bumper-to-bumper caravans and demonstrations, in order to reject legal proposals for Public Employment and elimination of eight-hour working day, and against IMF as well.
Shortly before starting the march, the Secretary-General of the National Union of Social Security Employees (UNDECA), Luis Chavarría, told Prensa Latina the demonstration has a peaceful nature and seeks to denounce neoliberal policies affecting the working class.
Likewise, in the specific case of UNDECA, we call for protection measures for health staff who are in the front line fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in Costa Rica, under the slogan that if health workers are at risk, Costa Ricans are in danger.
He recalled that a talk between union representatives and health authorities recently failed because - according to labor organizations - the board of directors of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (in charge of public health) harped on reusing some health equipment such as the N95 filtering respirator.
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