Nicaraguan textile companies expect an increase in sales after obtaining 'Better Work' certification which establishes better working conditions for employees.
The implementation of the program run by the International Labour Organization is a condition of international clothing brands such as Levi's, Target, GAP and other textile mills which need to buy materials to make their clothes, therefore its implementation in Nicaraguan companies is key to improving competitiveness and attracting new investment to the sector.
Industrialists are asking for inclusion in the Labour Code a 12 hour work day, and in cases in where the law permits, annualized hours.
From a statement issued by the Chamber of Industries (ICRC):
July 2014. In the view of the ICRC establishing additional rules for working time in Costa Rican legislation represents an excellent option for generating higher quality employment opportunities, while at the same time allowing firms to improve their production levels.
The Salvadoran Chamber of the Construction Industry has signed a deal with the main union for staggered wage increases, maximum working hours and occupational safety programs.
50,000 workers in the sector, represented in the Union of Construction Workers and Related Salvadoran Entities (SITRACOCS), have managed to seal a collective bargaining agreement for 2014-2016 with the Salvadoran Chamber of the Construction Industry (CASALCO) related to incentives and improvements which include improvements in daily wages, working hours for auxiliaries and workers and obligations such as the participation of workers in training programs to improve construction techniques and safety.