In the first eight months of the year 303,464 new employment contracts were recorded, most of which were in the province of Panama.
A report by the Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development said that of the total contracts signed between January and August this year, 119,985 corresponded to fixed-term contracts, 109,579 to contracts for specific jobs, and 73,900 for indefinate permanent positions.
Costa Rican industrialists warn that increasing the minimum wage in the private sector by 34% will cause more unemployment and encourage more companies to operate unofficially.
The bill concerning the minimum wage will endanger plans for new hires in the private sector, and its passage into law could cause more informality and more unemployment. The proposal aims to increase the minimum wage by 34% for unskilled employees in the private sector. With the increase, the salary would go from $534 to $718.
A call has been made for the labor migration legislation commission to review and assess extending the rules for work permits.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development in Panama:
Labour Minister, Luis Ernesto Carles, announced that on April 6 the Commission on Labor Migration will be convened, to deal with the revision of the current rules and make any changes regarding the extention of work permits.
In Costa Rica approval has been given to a trust fund through which private companies will be paid $2,700 for each employee hired from the vulnerable population.
The government initiative that aims to pay companies around $2,700 per employee hired from the vulnerable population, has won its first endorsement to be included in a trust administered by Banco Popular.
Panama's improvement in the availability index of skilled labor, does not respond to an increase in supply, but to a drop in demand because of a slowdown in the economy.
An article on Panamaamerica.com.pa details the results obtained from the Talent Shortage Survey conducted by Manpower, noting that "... Panama has reduced its deficit of talent and skilled labor by 12 percentage points during the last year, going from 58% to 46%, however, the causes are not so encouraging, since the reduction is due to a decrease in the search for personnel by companies. "
The Government has issued an Executive Order which details the services that will be defined and the procedure to be followed to ensure the continuity of their delivery of services to the population.
After the lifting of the veto of the Act amending the Labour Procedure Code, which enabled strikes in essential services, president Solis has issued a decree which will be in force until the aforementioned Reform Act comes into force in mid-2016.
Unions reject a proposal by industrialists to work 4 days and rest 3 days, whle the government describes it as a "sensitive" issue.
The Minister of Labour, Victor Morales, told Crhoy.com that "....These proposals concerning working hours require legislative amendment, they need a reform of the Labour Code to be approved in the Legislature ... I proposed to the Chamber of Industries ... that these issues must be subject to tripartite dialogue (between employers, workers and government). "
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.
With the implementation of a new Labor Code, a process which previously took four years to complete can now be done in just over an hour.
According to the judge Mayra Woo, head of Fifth District Labour Court of Managua, this agility is thanks to the implementation of the Procedure Code, which came into effect on June 28 and aims to promote transparency, orality and immediacy.
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