Costa Rica's secondary teachers are striking today alongside workers in health, docks, telecommunications and social groups. They are fighting against the privatisation of health and education, increases in electricity prices, tax rises and for proper social security. They are also calling for autonomy for indigenous regions and for democracy.

As well as today's strikes there will be mass demonstrations. The organisers say that they are fighting the neo-liberal policies of the government. One spokesperson said, "The statistics clearly show that these policies only favour a minute portion of society - the rich and the millionaires. Since the political parties are faithfully following the neo-liberal model, it is up to the people and social movements to change it."