NO to the Minimum Wage Increase

The coffee growers oppose the possibility that in El Salvador the minimum wage will be raised, because they assure that the price at which the grain is quoted at an international level, prevents them from paying higher wages.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The National Minimum Wage Council (CNSM) began days ago to review the conditions for deciding whether or not to adjust the minimum wage. This situation has alerted several productive sectors, such as coffee growers.

You may be interested in "Coffee: Regional Sales up to March 2019" reviews that "... The Coffee Association of El Salvador (ACAFESAL) maintains that the sector is in crisis and there are no conditions to pay an increase to the minimum wage, but if support measures were applied to the producer, paying the increase could be viable. Among the measures they propose is economic recognition for the environmental services of the coffee forest, the regulation of the cost of transformation - which is what the benefits charge to process coffee from grape to exportable gold."

The article adds that "... In addition, regulate coffee imports to boost local consumption of national grain and eliminate VAT on agricultural inputs. These measures have already been proposed by the union, but have not transcended."

According to the producers, the other proposal is that the minimum wage be set according to the reference price on the New York Stock Exchange.

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