Costa Rica


Repeated violations of rights

Same as last year


Workers' rights violations

Workers excluded from labour protections

The Taboga sugar mill in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica's main sugar-cane-producing area, receives hundreds of people every year to work in the harvest, mainly migrants from neighbouring Nicaragua.

The local union SINTRAICA, affiliated to the IUF, has demanded that the company's management, the Ministry of Labour and the relevant authorities respect workers’ rights at Ingenio Taboga, an agro-industry company, and improve the terrible conditions in which the migrant workers work and live, including through compliance with the collective agreement on subcontracting and agency labour. Joining a union remained difficult for migrant workers in the industry.

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