Guatemala: Differentiated Salaries Suspended

The Constitutional Court has temporarily suspended the authorization given by the Executive Branch to award differential minimum wages in four municipalities.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Despite being a measure requested by the local authorities themselves in order to attract investment and create jobs, the Constitutional Court has decided to temporarily suspend the authorization that was granted by President Maldonado. This is the second time that the Court has reversed the implementation of differentiated minimum wages in the country.

See also "Its Easy to Talk about Differentiated Minimum Wages " reports that "... In the CC two constitutionality suits were filed against the decision, one submitted by the Office of Human Rights and another on behalf of a trade union organization. It is not yet know which of the two was ruled on by the judges. "

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Guatemala: Victory of the Privileged

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January 2016

From the comfort of a heated office and after receiving thousands of dollars in salary at the end of every month, well-intentioned people are trying to take away from those who have nothing, the possibility of having a job.


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The Government is continuing to put pressure on Congress to approve the Investment and Employment Act which has been temporarily suspended due to several actions of unconstitutionality presented before the Court.

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