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250 Costa Rican Prison Guards to Strike on Monday

Prison Guards in Costa RicaAsking for betters wages, equal to those of police officials from the Fuerza Publica, some 250 prison guards of the San Sebastián jail in San José will go on strike Monday.

The strike is to pressure the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz to equate their salaries to those of colleagues working for the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica.

The head of the workers union, the Nacional de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras (UNT), Susan Quirós, said penitentiary staff work in undignified conditions and face hostile situations while receiving ¢70.000 (US$140) less monthly than police officials patrolling the streets.

The base salary for a prison guard is between ¢250.000 and ¢260.000 colones (US$500 and US$520) monthly, according to the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados (ANEP), one of the largest of public sector workers unions.

Quirós said a meeting with Justice minister, Ana Isabel Garita, will take place in February.

The union leader added that the strike on Monday will be between 7am and 11am, when prison guards will only attend to emergencies. Quirós did not rule out more strikes if an agreement is not reached at the February meeting.

Currently there are 4,000 prison guards working in the country’s 14 prisons.

Article by QCostaRica.com

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