Guatemalan textile companies seeking salary based on productivity

The Garment and Textiles Commission (Vestex) will begin to approach the Tripartite Commission in order to reach a consensus on the approval of the salary increase based on productivity.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Prensalibre.com reports: "The companies are not allow to increase the minimum salary of their workers," lamented Alejandro Ceballos, president of the Garment and Textiles Commission (Vestex).

"We hope that it can finally become law by 2010, as we know that President Alvaro Colom has given his approval for this solution," he added.

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