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29 Nov 2018 | 11:17 AM UTC

Costa Rica: General strike coming to an end /update 2

Costa Rica News Alert

General strike in Costa Rica in opposition to tax reforms enters its 12th week but may be winding down

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/29/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/2/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Costa_Rica). COUNTRY/REGION Costa Rica, Costa Rica

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A nationwide general strike, which has particularly affected the education sector, against fiscal reforms has entered its 12th week. On November 22, the Constitution Court approved the reforms, thus sending them back to the congress for a final vote, which occurred on November 27. The bill is now expected to be signed into law by the president.

However, there are signs that the strike could be coming to an end. The ongoing teacher strike was once again declared illegal on November 28 and unions have indicated that they may return to work on November 30. Nevertheless, further protests and strike-related disruptions in the coming days and weeks cannot be ruled out.


A general labor strike began on September 10 to protest the proposed tax reform bill (plan fiscal) that would increase taxes on various services that had previously been exempt, increase income taxes, and limit public servant salaries, among other things. The bill was first approved by the congress on October 5.

Strike-related actions have generally included protests, government service disruptions (e.g. healthcare and education), roadblocks, and vehicle caravans.

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 the capital San José, are advised to monitor developments to the situation and avoid all protests as a precaution.


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