No agreement in Guatemala on minimum wages

The president has in his hands the decision on whether to increase or not the minimum wage scale of the country that will come into effect on January 1, 2009.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


The workers sector and the employer sectors in Guatemala could not come to an agreement on the eventual increase of the minimum wage.

The Labor Code establishes that the rural and city workers pay should be reviewed annually by a tripartite commission with members from the State, the employers and delegates from the workers unions.

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Guatemala: Between 5% and 7% increase in minimum wage

December 2008

The Government is analyzing giving a small increase in the minimum wage in order to compensate for the loss of purchasing power of workers.

Since business owners and workers unions can come to an agreement at the National Emergency Commission for Salary (CNS) the decision to grant an increase is left in the hand of the president.

Minimum Wages Up in Guatemala

January 2011

The Government passed a decree increasing wages between 13.75% and 14.88%.

Workers in the textile industry should receive 14.88% more salary, while those in other sectors 13.75%.

Alvaro Colom “approved the decree after the National Salary Commission (CNS), composed of businessmen and worker union leaders, failed to reach an agreement during 2010”, explained EFE.

Minimum wages increased in Guatemala

December 2008

President Alvaro Colom enacted the increase in the minimum wages yesterday, leaving workers from the maquila industry on the sidelines.

According to, "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."

8% Wage Increase in El Salvador

April 2011

The Government, private enterprise and workers agreed to a minimum wage increase of 8% for all sectors.

The National Minimum Wage Council is a body under the Ministry of Labour, and is composed of seven members, two of which represent the employment sector, two the workforce and three represent the government sector.

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