Costa Rica: Dole and Del Monte Plants Closing

Standard Fruit Company, Costa Rican subsidiary of multinational Dole, announced closure of the container yard in Limon.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Juan Carlos Rojas, vice president of Standard Fruit, attributed the closure to reduced earnings caused by the falling Dollar. The company exports from Costa Rica, pineapple, melon and bananas.

La Nacion reported on its website that “multinational Del Monte announced it will not produce melon during the 2010-2011 period at a farm in Philadelphia, Carrillo, Province of Guanacaste."

The farm, during production periods, employs 1,500 workers.

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Guatemala: Economic Recovery Uncertain

July 2010

The latest business survey carried out by Asies reveals that expectations of a recovery in the second half of 2010 have been postponed to 2011.

In the previous survey from the Association for Investigation and Social Studies (ASIES) the perception was that the Guatemalan economy would recover in the last six months of this year.

Honduras: 63.000 Jobs Lost in 2009

October 2009

From January to August, 63.917 workers have been fired, according to data from the Work Secretary.

The actual figure could be much higher, warned Work Minister Nicolás García, who explained that "... many fired workers do not report to the Ministry, and they settle termination conditions directly with their employers".

Costa Rica: 14% Less Jobs at Exporting Companies

September 2009

In July 2009, there were 57.000 less jobs at exporting companies when compared to the same period of 2008.

Data from the Exporter Census 2009, conducted by Trade Promotion Agency Procomer, states there are 351.767 people working in the sector.

"The census, conducted in July, surveyed 2.117 companies who sold more than $12.000 between 2008 and the first half of 2009", reported

Maquila Closes Nicaraguan Operations

April 2009

The closing of the Fusion S.A. maquila located in the Tipitapa zone is the third one in a month.

The company requested the Ministry of Labor for a temporary, 30-day closing. It originally operated with 400 employees and had already reduced its staff to 137.

Rafael Lara reported statements from Alberto Carlos Guadamuz, attorney for the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, CENIDH, to "The workers noted that they were earning a monthly salary of 4 thousand Cordobas in normal times. However, in recent months, they were only getting 2,150 Cordobas due to the drop in productivity, and it was not enough for family survival."

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