El Salvador: Textile Job Flexibility Demands

The Chamber of the Textiles, Clothing and Free Zones has presented a new proposal for the sector.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In 2010 the chamber had proposed a change in working hours from the 3.5 x 3.5 scheme, which means that employees work three and a half days and then rest for the same period of time, to change to working eight to twelve hours daily. This proposal has not been approved by the Ministry of Labour.

"The proposal of labor flexibility is part of a series of measures that the chamber introduced as part of the " Commitment to employment ", launched a few days ago by the National Association of Private Enterprise", noted an article in Elmundo.com.sv

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The textile industry has proposed that the government implement labor schemes with flexible hours, allowing plants to operate on shifts of up to 14 and 16 hours.

The proposal involves establishing modern labor schemes, as implemented in other markets, said Patricia Figueroa, executive director of the Chamber of the Textiles, Clothing and Free Zones of El Salvador.

Nicaragua: $ 2 Million for Labor Laws

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Flexible Working Will Not Go Ahead in El Salvador

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The proposal presented by the Textile Industry Chamber did not receive support from the Ministry for Employment.

The plan promoted by the industry is for a change in working hours from a three and half day week to eight hours daily.

"Patricia de Figueroa, the Chamber's executive director, stated that the plan did not receive the backing required from the Ministry for Employment, which described it as unconstitutional," reports Elsalvador.com.

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Inflexible labor legislation is making the textile industry less competitive.

Markets such as Honduras and the Dominican Republic have already had 12-hour working days approved and as a result have seen export orders increase. This in turn has meant more jobs - 10,000 new positions reported in Honduras in August.

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