Exporters in Favor of Part-Time Employment

After the Constitutional Court suspended the agreement regulating part-time employment in Guatemala, the exporters' union asked to be a third party interested in the case, because without the regulations, the generation of formal employment is weakened.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

At the beginning of October, the Constitutional Court (CC) decided to temporarily suspend Governmental Agreement 89-2019, which establishes the Regulations of Convention 175 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to regulate the hiring of part-time personnel in the country.

The suspension resulted from the fact that on September 9 union organizations decided to act through the legal route, by filing before the CC actions against the regulation, arguing that the agreement contradicts Article 102 paragraph G of the Constitution, which states that workers who work less than 44 hours per week will be entitled to receive the full weekly wage.

From the Agexport statement:

*AGEXPORT considers that the application of ILO Convention 175 is of benefit to the State of Guatemala, given that it is a human rights treaty that strengthens the generation of formal employment with the inherent guarantees for all workers.

* The bottom line of AGEXPORT's disagreement with the action taken by the CC and the unions is that if a worker works three hours, his salary and benefits should be proportional to the three hours worked, and not force him to be paid those benefit items for eight hours. No investor who today pays by the hour is going to agree to come to Guatemala under these conditions.



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