Costa Rica: Private Unions Demand 3.03% Increase

The unions proposed to the National Wages Council an increase of 3.03%, plus an extra 20% over the next four years for minimorum minimum wages.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"This 3.03% corresponds to 2.47% for projected inflation and 0.56% for an outstanding debt. In addition, we propose that the minimorum minimum wage should be increased to 20% over four years until the percentage is reached, therefore in July there would be 8.03% for those workers, 3.03% of the normal rise 5% for the outstanding amount" said Edgar Morales, a member of the Union of Public and Private Sector (SITEPP).

"Minimorum wages are not enough to buy anything, for these people only 60% actually goes to buying food, the most basic sort of course, rice, beans and lard. They are left with 40% for housing, utility payments, transportation, their children's studies, among many other things, that is to say, those workers live biting their nails," said Morales.

At the second meeting, on Monday, employers represented by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprises (Uccaep) will present their proposal, then the Government will define the settings where the standard will be effective from July 1 next to 31 December of the current year

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