El Salvador and the New Government's Plans

One of the first actions of El Salvador's new president, Nayib Bukele, was to announce the elimination of four secretariats and the creation of two new ones: Innovation and Trade and Investment.

Monday, June 3, 2019

In El Salvador, the changes that are coming with the arrival of Nayib Bukele to power are beginning to be announced, since at the first meeting of the Council of Ministers it was reported that the Technical Secretariat of the Presidency, the Social Inclusion Secretariat, the Governance Secretariat, the Transparency and Anti-Corruption Secretariat, and the Vulnerability Secretariat, all created during the FMLN government, will disappear.

See "Winds of Change for El Salvador?

The minimum wage is another issue that has generated expectation with the arrival of the new government, as the new authorities reported that they are willing to discuss openly with the sectors involved, the changes in it.

Rolando Castro, the new Minister of Labor and Social Welfare (MTPS), explained that "... there will be no decision to increase the minimum wage without it being taken in a tripartite manner', that is to say, a consensus between the government, the employer sector and the worker. It also undertook to carry out technical studies to determine the economic viability of the proposals."

Elmundo.sv reports that "... Castro comes from the ranks of unionism as leader of the Salvadoran Association of Municipal Workers (Astram), but assured that "I will be an open door minister for the labor and union sector.

Also see "El Salvador: 15% Increase in Minimum Wage

The last increase in the minimum wage in the country was agreed in 2016, when it was decided to increase it by 15% in a graduated manner, consisting of 5% as of June 1, 2016, 5% as of June 1, 2017 and 5% as of June 1, 2018.

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