Costa Rica Launches Foreign Workers Rights Campaign

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The authorities in Costa Rica have launched a campaign to protect and promote respect for human and labor rights of foreign workers.

    The campaign, which includes information on labor rights and obligations, is organized by the Ministry of Labor, the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) and the Foundation for Peace and Democracy (FUNPADEM).

    “At home we have a significant foreign workforce, and it is necessary that both the employers and their workers are fully aware of their labor rights, which must be equal to those of any Costa Rican worker,” said the Costa Rican Minister, Olman Segura.

    The information campaign called “Put yourself in the shoes of another”, will be in the media and available in information centers in communities where there is more incidence of labor immigration.

    Official data, updated to 2011, indicates that about 400,000 foreigners live in Costa Rica, which is equivalent to about 9% of the total population.

    In addition, data from the Costa Rican Social Security indicated that there was about 1.5 million workers in the country, 11.4% of which were immigrants.

    According to the data, 18.20% of foreign workers engaged in construction work, 12.25% in agriculture, 15% in hotels and restaurants, 8.48% to trade, 8.51% of manufacturing jobs and the rest to other activities. (EFE)

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