Reduction of Working Hours Stalled
Arguing lack of regulations, the Labor Ministry of Costa Rica has rejected requests for reducing the working day.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
While Congress studied a Labor Flexibility Law project, the ministry rejected 20 requests by companies from different sectors, who solicited authorization for reducing wages and working time of their employees.
The government has been presented with a proposal for comprehensive reform of the state which includes issues such as flexible working hours and the opening of the electricity and hydrocarbons markets.
Unions reject a proposal by industrialists to work 4 days and rest 3 days, whle the government describes it as a "sensitive" issue.
Industrialists are asking for inclusion in the Labour Code a 12 hour work day, and in cases in where the law permits, annualized hours.
An agreement has made between government, unions and employers, to present a bill to allow and regulate part-time work.
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