February 12: "A Day Without Enterprises" in Honduras

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

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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.

The representative of the National Association of Industrial Companies (ANDI), JimmyDacaret, said that "they will close their businesses, while employees will remain at home. 'Of course we will pay our employees,' he clarified, in response to questions from worker's leaders who do not view this measure positively.

"We have still not calculated the possible economic losses that this strike could generate, however I prefer to lose a day and not the life of my company and my employees," the ANDI representative said, according to reports in the La Tribuna in an article published on its website, www.latribuna.hn.

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Honduras: Businesses Will Not Implement Pay Rise Retro-actively

April 2011

The country's private enterprise council (Cohep in Spanish) has indicated that new legislation does not require them to retroactively apply the increase in the minimum wage.

Armando Urtecho, Cohep executive director, has stated that according to articles 96 of the Honduran Constitution and 7 of the Civil Code, the law that came into force on April 1 cannot apply retroactively.

Retroactivity of Minimum Wages Questioned in Honduras

April 2011

The Honduran Council of the Private Enterprise is considering contesting the retroactive pay of minimum wages.

Santiago Ruiz, president of the council, argued that the law does not match the reality of the country and that many sectors will be unable to comply with it.

“Currently 62% of companies – most of them small and medium – fail to comply with minimum wage regulations. This percentage will only go up”, noted Ruiz.

“A Day Without Business” is Suspended in Honduras

February 2009

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

The COHEP decided to wait for a Supreme Court resolution in response to its appeal for an intervention to protect hundreds of businesses.

Honduran companies present legal action against minimum salary

January 2009

The National Association of Industrial Companies announced today that they will present a constitutional suit against the executive decree that established the new minimum salary.

Proces Digital reports: "ANDI has also called for a general strike next week that it is naming "a day without a company."

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