In record time, former Dole workers, who were dismissed a month and a half ago, came together to form a self-management cooperative which got them employment performing repairs and maintenance for the new Moín Container Terminal.
They have joined together and unanimously elected representatives. These 123 workers have started something that has possibilities to grow and generate even more employment in Limón.
Along with signing to form the cooperative, the workers agreed to stop a protest movement that they had going following their dismissal. 240 workers were dismissed for closure of their work center.
The workers in the cooperative will work from a workshop that Dole loaned to the government for one year. They will primarily repair and maintain refrigerated containers but will also offer welding and repairs at the docks and be trained in skills to be able to work in the development of the electric train. Their skills will also allow them to potentially provide services to the Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery.