Minimum Wages Law to be challenged in Honduras

The Private Sector Council of Honduras is recommending to its members that they challenge the executive decree increasing the minimum wage in the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

According to "they also asked President Manuel Zelaya to amend his decision to increase minimum wages to 5,500 lempiras.

The business owners warned that this decision will affect 90% of the companies in Honduras, at which more than 70% of the workers in Honduras are employed."

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Businessmen point to negative effects due to the measure, such as the loss of competitiveness because of cheaper labor in neighboring countries such as El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

According to, "workers who earn 3,400 lempiras (some $170) will now earn 5,500 lempiras (some $300).

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