“A Day Without Business” is Suspended in Honduras

The Honduran Council of Private Enterprise suspended the protest against the minimum wage increase pending a Supreme Court resolution.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The COHEP decided to wait for a Supreme Court resolution in response to its appeal for an intervention to protect hundreds of businesses. Therefore, “A Day Without Business” will not be held on February 12th, as was expected, and instead it will be postponed until after the court´s decision.

In Tiempo Digital, it is reported that "The protest will be carried out against the executive decree that authorized the payment of the new minimum wage of 5,500 Honduran lempiras for the urban sector and 4,055 lempiras for the rural sector. This measure would result in the paralysis of the business sector from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon."

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February 12: "A Day Without Enterprises" in Honduras

February 2009

Business organizations have set February 12 as the day when they will close their businesses to protest the increase in minimum wages.

The protest is in addition to a set of measures that the business owners have taken, including hundreds of legal suits against Executive Decree STSS-374.08 which set the minimum wage at 5,500 lempiras ($291) for urban areas and 4,055 ($215) for rural areas.

Minimum wages controversy continues in Honduras

January 2009

Business owners have already filed 72 legal suits against the executive decree that increased the minimum wage.

Latribuna.hn reports: "Yesterday there 72 suits in total calling for the suspension of the of the Executive Decree which increased the minimum wage to 5,500 lempiras for urban areas and 4.55 for rural areas, but up to now none of them have been taken up by the Constitutional Branch of the Supreme Court."

Minimum Wages Law to be challenged in Honduras

January 2009

The Private Sector Council of Honduras is recommending to its members that they challenge the executive decree increasing the minimum wage in the Supreme Court.

According to proceso.hn "they also asked President Manuel Zelaya to amend his decision to increase minimum wages to 5,500 lempiras.

Honduran businessmen reject minimum wage increase proposal

November 2008

The Honduran Private Sector Council is not ready to accept the proposal for an immediate minimum wage increase for workers of $291 (5500 Lempiras).

The tripartite commission including worker's union leaders, businessmen and the Secretary of Labor will begin, in the next few days, the process of negotiating the new adjustment for minimum wage that will come into effect starting January 1, 2009.

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