A labor judge ruled the ongoing strike in Costa Rica's education industry to be illegal on Tuesday, October 9. The judge based his decision on that roadblocks, a frequent tactic by protesters, are not peaceful. The education sector has been a large component of the general labor strike, which enters its second month on Wednesday, October 10. It is unclear whether teachers will heed the ruling or continue the work stoppage, though other protests and strikes are expected to continue. Associated disruptions to government services and transportation, including roadblocks, are likely.
A general labor strike began on September 10 to protest a proposed tax reform bill that would increase taxes on certain items, including foodstuffs. Costa Rica is experiencing its largest financial crisis in 40 years as deficits are set to rise to 7 percent of its GDP.
Individuals in Costa Rica, particularly those in San José, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate disruptions to transportation and government services, including hospitals, health clinics, and schools, avoid large public gatherings as a precaution, and never cross a roadblock without permission. Expect fuel shortages in areas most acutely affected by the strike and related protests.
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