Part-time work discussed in Guatemala

The economic crisis has reactivated the dialog to allow part-time work in companies, through ratifying Agreement 175 of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Monday, June 23, 2008


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The possibility that a housewife might work several hours a day outside of the home, or that a student might choose a night-shift job to pay for his or her studies, or that a company contracts work only for the hours needed for its production are some of the benefits of part-time work.
Discussion of this possibility will intensify in the coming months.

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