Costa Ricas pushes for reform of Work Code
In response to the economic crisis the Government is proposing to make the work day more flexible in order to minimize layoffs.
Monday, January 12, 2009
According to nacion.com "the bill proposes creating new two work days: a 12 hour day with 3 free days per week and an annualized work day. This will allow for 10 hours when there is a lot of work and a maximum of six during the low season, and this way the workers will at no time get less than the minimum wage.
A proposed amendment to the Labour Code of Costa Rica would allow for strikes with only 16% of total workers in companies whith no unions.
Industrialists are asking for inclusion in the Labour Code a 12 hour work day, and in cases in where the law permits, annualized hours.
Technology and economic changes have transformed labor rules in Panama that are more than 30 years old.
Unions reject a proposal by industrialists to work 4 days and rest 3 days, whle the government describes it as a "sensitive" issue.
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