• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

New wages for private-sector workers take effect this month

January 1, 2015

The 2.01 percent salary increase approved in October by the National Wages Council went into effect on Thursday and will remain in place for the first six months of this year.

The wage increase, which applies to all job categories except domestic workers, was lower than the rate requested by union leaders, who had asked for hikes ranging from 2.91-4.58 percent. For domestic workers the Council approved a 2.5 percent increase.

The approved rate corresponded to the original proposal presented by government officials during a hearing at the Labor Ministry.

Union leaders, however, said at the time that they were “outraged by the approved percentage.”

“Representatives of all three workers’ unions voted against it,” said Édgar Morales, leader of the National Union of Workers. “This does nothing to improve the situation for workers or to boost the country’s economy, since higher salaries would have translated into more purchasing power.”

The approved hike is significantly lower than that authorized for the first semester of last year, when private-sector workers received a 3.78 percent increase.

See the full list of minimum wages as of Jan. 1 here (Spanish only).

You may be interested

Biden says nearly half of world leaders asking for US vaccine help
Global
1 views
Global
1 views

Biden says nearly half of world leaders asking for US vaccine help

AFP - May 11, 2021

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that almost half the world's leaders have contacted him, asking for US help in obtaining…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Tuesday, May 11
Costa Rica
75 views
Costa Rica
75 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Tuesday, May 11

The Tico Times - May 11, 2021

Costa Rica registered 2,555 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday May 5; 2,559 on Thursday, May 6; 2,392 on Friday,…

Costa Rica beats the USA, wins third consecutive futsal title
Costa Rica
5 views
Costa Rica
5 views

Costa Rica beats the USA, wins third consecutive futsal title

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 11, 2021

The Costa Rica men's futsal team won its third-straight CONCACAF title with a 3-2 victory over the United States on…