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    Costa Rica Unions and Social Groups Announce Strike on Monday

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Various trade unions and social groups of Costa Rica today announced a strike for next Monday in order to protest against possible increases in electricity rates and new taxes, and to oppose the privatization of some health services.

    The secretary of the National Union Medical, Luis Chavarria, said at a press conference that different services of the health sector will be affected, but emergency services will still be available.

    Health sector unions will demonstrate against a possible alliance between the Social Security Fund (CCSS) and private hospitals for the care of patients and require better employer contributions.

    Meanwhile, Fabio Chavez, leader of the Workers’ Home Front Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), said the institution will not provide services on Monday and that the aim of the strike is to protect the interests of all Costa Ricans.

    Meanwhile, ICE workers will show their opposition to a proposed business sector reduction electricity rates with an increase for the residential sector.

    The Association of Secondary School Teachers (APSE) also confirmed their participation in the conference, so it warned that many schools will not be open.

    The various unions also oppose the possibility of creating new taxes through tax reform.

    There will be a demonstration in downtown San Jose on Monday as well. (EFE)

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