The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Costa Rica presents US$750mn investment plan to settle union dispute

Costa Rica’s labor ministry (MTSS) presented a formal proposal outlining a 406bn-colón (US$751mn) investment plan intended to strengthen Atlantic port authority Japdeva and develop projects in Limón province.

The proposal seeks to resolve an ongoing dispute between the government and the Japdeva labor union Sintrajap.

Some 270bn colones would go to widen the Braulio Carillo […]


Costa Rica’s Labor Ministry suspends talks with unions over port project after president’s picture burned

Costa Rica’s Labor Minister Victor Morales announced that negotiations with the dockworkers union SINTRAJAP would be suspended until its leaders issued a public statement denouncing the burning of President Luis Guillermo Solís’ image outside union headquarters in the Caribbean port of Limón on Monday. Negotiations were originally scheduled to continue at the Labor Ministry on […]


ITF condemns Costa Rican government, ‘will fight’ port violence

Police brutality during community protest against APM Terminals in Limon, Costa Rica, October 2014.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has strongly condemned the actions of the Costa Rican government after hundreds of police officers stormed Puerto Limon’s Moin and Limon terminals last Thursday 23rd October, violently attacking workers and arresting 68 men and women […]


Dockworkers strike over APMT terminal agreement in Costa Rica

Dockworkers in Costa Rica walked off the job Wednesday, continuing a long battle over a proposed container terminal operated by APM Terminals with a strike.

Union leaders described the strike as “indefinite.” The union, which represents workers working at terminal overseen by the Atlantic Port Authority (JAPDEVA), had threatened a strike for several days after […]


Strikes could cripple Costa Rica’s Atlantic ports this week

[Note: SINTRAJAP union leaders have informed us that their peaceful protest today has completely shut down the Ports of Limon and Moin.]

The Union of Allied Port Workers (Sintrajap) is calling for a general strike this week that could cripple the country’s Atlantic ports, spurred on with support from the union that represents workers of […]


APM Terminals Gets Green Light on Costa Rica Project

A.P. Moller-Maersk terminal operating unit wins court battle over $1 billion Moin Container Terminal

APM Terminals said construction of a container terminal in Costa Rica will start on schedule in 2013 after a court rejected a bid by unions to block the $1 billion project.

The Atlantic Port Authority union, representing dockworkers, and the National […]


Costa Rica: Judges to rule on $1 billion port concession

‘APM demanded from the government a monopoly on containers — Is that OK?’ sign in Limon, Costa Rica. Union dockworkers have fought the concession of the Port of Moín, saying the community and country will lose when a multinational takes over the public port. Judges in an administrative court have until Aug. 7 to […]


Police Move In To End Strike At Costa Rica's Caribbean Ports

Costa Rica Caribbean ports of Moín and Alemán, in the province of Limón, continued to be paralyzed since Tuesday by a strike protesting government attempts to grant an exclusive concession, to Dutch Transnational APM Terminals for loading and unloading at a new pier.

In the early hours of this morning (Thursday) police were called […]


Early Morning Violence in Limón As Dock Workers Say They Will Defend With Blood

Dockworkers in Limón, Costa Rica, have been rebuffed by the government in their attempts to discuss impacts on the community from the proposed building of a private terminal by APM Terminals.

Following the police action to take back the docks of Limón and Moín, representatives of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de JAPDEVA said they […]


Fuerzas policiales contra portuarios en huelga en Costa Rica

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: Some 500 police have militarized the docks in Limon, Costa Rica, as dockworkers are protesting the government’s decision to allow APM Terminals to undermine the public terminal by building a $990 million private dock. Members of specialized units of the Ministry of Public Security in riot gear took control of the two main […]


MOPT logra acuerdos con sindicato para aminorar crisis en Japdeva

Union dockworkers had advocated that the government improve the public docks at Moín (shown here) and Limón rather than privatize them to multinationals. APM recently was granted the right to build a private terminal adjacent to the public dock in Moín.

[English summary: Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) recently reached an […]


Costa Rica: APM Terminals demands that gov’t sign agreement

APM Terminals has called on the Costa Rican government to sign a contract that allows the Dutch company to build a new container port in Moín, web site Nacion.com reported.

Under the privatization agreement the government still has until Aug. 26 to sign the final concession, the story reported.

Deputy Wálter Céspedes accused the companyof […]


Costa Rica’s port workers to strike

Costa Rican port workers in Moín and Limón have announced they will go on strike in the coming days to protest against the privatization of dock operations, website Nacion.com reported.

“They want to rent equipment for Moín while operating on the terminal of APM Terminals, and then they will take the equipment and leave the […]


APM Port Terminal Concession in Costa Rica Being Challenged

Costa Rica's banana exporters say the APM concession will result in rates that are 130% over the current administration. The dockworkers union, SINTRAJAP, also opposes the concession.

The National Chamber of Costa Rican Banana Producers is suing the government for granting the Limón port concession to Dutch APM terminals, to build and manage a […]


Costa Rica: Gobierno impulsa plan de recorte en Japdeva

Baja de tono a concesión y aboga por reducir en 50% el gasto en salarios; Busca pasar de 1.400 empleados a un máximo de 800.

In May 1010, as part of an ongoing campaign to destroy the dockworkers union, Costa Rican police broke into the SINTRAJAP dockworkers union office.

[ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Costa Rica’s most […]