Costa Rica Discusses Changes in Minimum Salary Model

The business sector agrees with unions in the need to modify the current scheme, but differ in how to implement it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Unions want changes “that recognize past inflation and at least half the expected inflation for the current year”, said Mauricio Castro, director of the National Association of Public Employees.

Businesses prefer to promote a unified minimum salary, allowing a dignifying lifestyle for any worker, whatever their job is.

In turn, the government commented that “there is an agreement left by the previous government”.



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