Minimum wages increased in Guatemala
President Alvaro Colom enacted the increase in the minimum wages yesterday, leaving workers from the maquila industry on the sidelines.
Monday, December 29, 2008
According to Prensalibre.com, "This increase represents 1.63% for workers in the city and 7.81% for workers in the field. Those who work in the maquilas will continue to receive a minimum wage of Q4.75 ($6.12) per day."
The Government passed a decree increasing wages between 13.75% and 14.88%.
The Government is analyzing giving a small increase in the minimum wage in order to compensate for the loss of purchasing power of workers.
Textiles and clothing, among other sectors, would benefit most if the proposed increase is approved by the Commission on Salaries
The business sector proposes an increase of 2%, while employee representatives are asking for 47%.
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