Lack of control over the use of materials and job insecurity are two of the problems which would be resolved if the National Construction Council is created, suggests the private sector.
Informality in the construction sector is growing and with it "... security policies are becoming more flexible, they start to be neglected and then the potential for situations - such as increasing the minimum wage outside the scope of productivity and of consensus - becomes much larger," says the chairman of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP), Joseph Adam Aguerri.
The new rules adopted by the Ministry of Labour will come into effect in February 2015 and the penalties for breaking them involve fines of between 3 and 16 minimum wages.
On August 8 the Regulation on Occupational Health and Safety issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare was published in the Official Newspaper, relating to Governmental Agreement No. 229-2014.
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.
In Guatemala investment is between 16% and 17% of gross domestic product, in Southeast Asia, the figure is between 25% and 35%.
Elperiodico.com.gt reports that a group of experts met last week in this country to discuss how to foster Guatemala’s growth. The analysis of the issue carried out by a member of The Growth Dialogue think tank can be extrapolated to most Central American countries.
Inspectors are to visit companies and institutions in order to check compliance with health and safety standards in workplaces.
MINTRAB of El Salvador has launched a new round of inspections of companies and public institutions in order to ensure compliance with health and safety standards in workplaces, in compliance with the General Law of Risk Prevention.
Brands like Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen and Vanity Fair asked the Government of Guatemala to review labor laws.
A group of U.S. retailers and brands such as Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH) and Vanity Fair (VF) said they want to see a "timely resolution" to the labor demands presented in 2008 against Guatemala under the framework of DR-CAFTA.
Guatemala is preparing a plan to inspect factories in order to avoid a possible arbitration, forced by the US, for non-compliance of labor standards under CAFTA.
The Labour Ministry is preparing a program to inspect working conditions in the textile factories which could take six months to complete. The plan must conform to the standards set by enterprises under the 29-89 scheme (Law on Promotion of Export Activity and Maquilas).
Although security costs are constantly increasing in Costa Rican companies, very few companies have a dedicated department to these issues.
An article in Elfinancierocr.com notes that "Despite growing levels of insecurity, the Costa Rican Chamber of Industries reports that only 39 of its affiliates have a formally assigned security manager."
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