Guatemala Studies Flexibility of Labor Policy

In the face of the crisis, the government hired a consultancy by the UNPD to develop a new labor policy.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The consultancy will take place over a period of three months and it will look for ways to continue to implement part-time work without ratifying Agreement 175 of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Journalist Lorena Alvarez wrote in "Afterward, the proposal will be reviewed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, as well as the Tripartite Commission for Labor Affairs."

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Costa Rica: For and Against Labor Flexibility

July 2014

Unions reject a proposal by industrialists to work 4 days and rest 3 days, whle the government describes it as a "sensitive" issue.

The Minister of Labour, Victor Morales, told that "....These proposals concerning working hours require legislative amendment, they need a reform of the Labour Code to be approved in the Legislature ...

Flexible Working Hours in Guatemala

July 2012

An agreement has made between government, unions and employers, to present a bill to allow and regulate part-time work.

Elsa Avalos, deputy minister of labor, said the proposal is in "stage of consensus" and then will be passed to Congress.

The initiative aims to make recruitment more flexible and allows temporary workers to benefit from "all aspects of the law."

Panama Needs More Flexible Labor Market

May 2012

Laws restricting the recruitment of foreign personnel are obstacles to competitiveness and development.

In Panama, only 10% of staff may be foreign. According to some economists and managers, this reduces the competitiveness of financial sector companies.

When consulted, the economist Ruben Lachman said the laws that establish the 10% limit are a burden.

Businessmen Demand Labor Flexibility in Guatemala

May 2010

CACIF listed its priorities: security and justice, economic recovery based on a Competitiveness Agenda, and a Social Agenda.

Carlos Amador, new president of the Coordinating Committee for Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (CACIF), explained they want the government to include their proposals in Guatemala’s state policies.

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