Basic salary in Nicaragua goes up by 12.5%

Business owners, unions and the government reached an agreement to increase the basic salary of urban workers in most sectors by 12.5% and by 13% for farm workers.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Though he had previously announced the business association he represents would not participate in a meeting scheduled for today, Jose Adan Aguerri, president of the Higher Council of Private Enteprise (COSEP in Spanish), came back to the negotiating table in the last moment, what allowed all parts to make a deal.

The employers’ original proposal was to increase basic salaries from 9% to 12%. “It’s what they (businessmen) can give,” Aguerri had said earlier.

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