During this week appeals to the declarations of illegality regarding the labor strike in several institutions have been resolved by labor Judges in favor of the labor unions, going back on the initial sentences and declaring the strike legal.
This is the case of the labor strikes that affected the state refinery, Recope, the Costa Rican institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AYA) and the Child Welfare Agency, PANI.

In the case of the labor strike at the state refinery , back on September 28, the movement was declared illegal, since according to the judge “the strike did not comply with the requirements stated in the labor code that movements must be peaceful, the alternatives of conciliation were not exhausted, and it did not have the support of a minimum percentage of employees“; however, a different judge resolved the appeal in favor of the labor unions, declaring the movement legal, under the premise that there was not enough evidence to determine that the movement was not peaceful.
“I have sent a letter to the Costa Rica’s Attorney General of the Republic ( Procuraduría General) to begin the process to refute the sentence that declared the strike in Recope legal, we will handle this following the legal process and the tools at hand, but I will also make a comment in regards to this, there is a superior interest at stake in Costa Rica, which has to do with the health of our public finances, to protect all of us. In this process we have encountered over and over again, how many sectors put their particular interest first over the interest of the majority, and this is what has been evident during each stage of this process (…). I am not going to hide that this upsets me, how, even media outlets made it public, the actions carried out by some groups that did all they could so that the country would be left without fuel, without gas, without asphalt, and everything we did to guarantee these services to the country, we are all witness of this. We are witnesses of how the majority of Costa Ricans go to work every day to earn a living, while others are almost celebrating one more day of strike, and those that are celebrating are receiving their pay, they are getting paid, because the courts are making it this way, or because they are not quick on dictating a sentence, and when they do (resolve), they do this (declare it legal). I join the outrage of most Costa Ricans, as President of the Republic, because a country cannot move forward like this. We are respectful of the laws as we are, we will resort to our legal system to refute this, and we will continue to do everything possible to guarantee the economic stability for the sake of all Costa Ricans, not for the sake of a sector, because it’s the country what is at stake”, stated, President Carlos Alvarado visibly upset.
The education sector is still on strike after almost two months. Recently several judges have also determined that despite the illegality of the strike in some institutions (as was the case of the Santa Ana Municipality) the salaries for the days not worked cannot be deducted, situation that has also caused the outrage of the directors of the affected institutions and a big sector of the population.