• Costa Rica Real Estate

Government, private-sector unions negotiate wage hikes for second half of 2015

June 1, 2015

Union leaders on Monday will request a 2 percent increase in private-sector wages for the second half of this year, at a 4 p.m. session of the Labor Ministry’s National Wages Council.

“Details justifying the amount will be made public at the time of the hearing,” the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) said in a statement.

The proposal is supported by other unions including the Rerum Novarum Confederation of Workers, the Central Movement of Costa Rican Workers, the United Confederation of Workers (CUT) and the Patria Justa Collective.

Union leaders also will seek an amendment to labor laws so that salary hikes are calculated according to changes in the cost of living, instead of twice a year as currently calculated, and that the increases apply to all workers.

“We urgently need legislation so that all wage adjustments, even if it’s a meager and inadequate figure, be fully respected by all employers. We know of many cases where a worker is informed that she or he will not receive a salary adjustment because the salary is, for example, ₡1,000 [$2] more than the minimum wage. This kind of manipulation should be eliminated,” ANEP’s statement said.

Employers will submit their proposal to the Wages Council on Tuesday, while government officials will do so next Monday.

Representatives from the three sectors then will meet to vote on a final figure, which will take effect on July 1.

The National Wages Council last year approved a 2.01 percent increase in minimum wages for private-sector workers during the first half of this year.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

United States and El Salvador sign immigration agreement
Central America
17 views
Central America
17 views

United States and El Salvador sign immigration agreement

AFP and The Tico Times - September 20, 2019

The United States and El Salvador reached an immigration agreement on Friday, the interim secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan,…

‘I want to write my story here too,’ Navas says of PSG
Keylor Navas
15 views
Keylor Navas
15 views

‘I want to write my story here too,’ Navas says of PSG

AFP and The Tico Times - September 20, 2019

Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas debuted in the Champions League with Paris SG on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory against…

UN names Costa Rica as ‘Champion of the Earth’ for environmental efforts
Climate Change
257 views
Climate Change
257 views

UN names Costa Rica as ‘Champion of the Earth’ for environmental efforts

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 20, 2019

The United Nations has selected Costa Rica as its 2019 Champions of the Earth award for policy leadership, the organization…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!