Lawmakers debate bill to extend the right to strike to most sectors

first_imgLegislators from the ruling Citizen Action Party, Broad Front Party and Social Christian Unity Party last week presented a bill at the Legislative Assembly to reform the country’s Labor Law to include language that would eliminate a ban on strikes in some public services sectors. That ban was approved by the previous administration of President Laura Chinchilla in October 2012.The essential public services included in the current ban are health care, public security and foreign trade.Labor Minister Víctor Morales said he would support a bill that legalizes strikes in both public and private sectors, despite criticism by opposition lawmakers and members of the business sector.If passed, the legislation would grant all public agencies the right to strike as long as workers provide a plan to offer reduced services for citizens. The bill also would allow strikes by private company workers and public agencies that currently have no employee unions, as long as 30 percent or more of employees support demonstrating.Morales denied that the reforms seek only to promote more protests, saying the “strikes would be a last option after exhausting dialogue and negotiations.”Lawmakers opposed to the bill say that while the proposal would allow strikes in essential services, it fails to clearly define what those services would be. It also fails to define minimum services, critics argue.Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations (UCCAEP) President Ronald Jiménez called the bill “disastrous” and a “step backwards on labor legislation.” Jiménez also said the minimum 30 percent of private company employees needed to call a strike is “disproportionate.”Morales said he expects the bill to pass the Assembly, despite two similar pieces of legislation that were filed in response.Lawmakers from the Libertarian Movement Party and Evangelical parties filed a single bill that would prohibit strikes in essential services, including health care, education, public transportation, public security and docks. It also seeks to set a 50 percent minimum plus one for support among workers from the public sector before a strike is legal.National Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Sandra Pisk presented a similar bill. Pisk, a former ombudswoman and labor minister, also proposed that the Ombudsman’s Office be tasked with representing the public interest during negotiations to end a protest.“We believe that the differences between the three bills are negotiable. We hope to promote dialogue and approve reform,” the PLN’s top lawmaker, Juan Luis Jiménez Succar, said last week. Business chambers, however, are skeptical, saying the proposed legislation could further weaken the country’s competitiveness and cause a drop in foreign direct investment. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s month-long teachers’ strike comes to an end As teacher strike continues, government announces plan to distribute back pay Somber mood as Solís delivers 1st televised address on teachers’ strike Teachers divided over resuming strike negotiationslast_img read more

Bangkok – Reported by Elite Traveler the private

first_imgBangkok – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazinePegasus Capital Advisors L.P., a US-based private equity fund manager, has acquired the luxury resort and spa management business of the Bangkok-based Six Senses Resorts & Spas.For an undisclosed sum, Pegasus now holds all of the resort and spa management contracts and related intellectual property rights of the Six Senses and Evason branded properties. Although this transaction accounts for the luxury resort management contracts, and does not include the physical real estate, Pegasus hopes it will pave the way for the growth of the international hospitality brand.Headed by Bernhard Bohnenberger, current president of Six Senses, the key feature of all Six Senses properties is the spa which offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists. Six Senses Spas already have a reputation for luxury and are hosted by a number of prestigious hotels and resorts in many other locations. This is a reputation which Pegasus will strive to uphold and build on.“Six Senses is an internationally recognized brand built on unparalleled guest service and experiences, while being a leader in sustainable hospitality with a strong sense of environmental responsibility,” said Craig Cogut, founder, Pegasus Capital Advisors.“Same as we did in April, we see a significant opportunity for the brand to grow and continue evolving on this heritage. Six Senses is now a debt-free company, with committed capital to pursue opportunities in new and existing international markets. We are confident that our president Bernhard Bohnenberger and our management team will continue the Six Senses legacy.”The new generation of Six Senses will include 28 branded spas around the world and the following Six Senses branded resort properties:– Six Senses Laamu (Maldives)– Six Senses Zighy Bay (Oman)– Six Senses Yao Noi Beyond Phuket (Thailand)– Six Senses Samui (Thailand)– Six Senses Hua Hin (Thailand)– Six Senses Con Dao (Vietnam)– Six Senses Ninh Van Bay (Vietnam)– Six Senses Saigon River (Vietnam) Under Construction– Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain (China) Under Construction– Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang (Vietnam)– Evason Hua Hin (Thailand)– Evason Ma’In (Jordan)The Soneva brand and resorts, as well as the company’s real estate assets and holdings, were not included in the transaction, and will continue to be led by Sonu Shivdasani, the former founder and CEO of Six Senses, who will serve as chairman and CEO and principal shareholder of The Soneva Group.www.sixsenses.comlast_img read more