Saving 65 thousand jobs

Three years ago 120 thousand Guatemalans were working in the garment and textiles industry. Today there are only 65 thousand, and 265 companies back then are now 165 today.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

We would have to ask those that no longer work in the industry if they already found a job in the formal economic, although it is most likely that they are unemployed and unable to provide an income for their families. The strangest thing about all of this is that Honduras and El Salvador are keep stable, and Nicaragua has grown a lot, including factories that have moved there from Guatemala.

The question is: what are the reasons for this huge loss of job opportunities? and above all: how to keep those we still have and if some of them can even still ...

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Such was the Salvadoran businessmen's response to a proposal by President Funes to create jobs for gang members.

Employers are willing to contribute to the safety of El Salvador, but the president of the Salvadoran Association of Industries (ASI), Javier Siman said it was "ironic that we are giving priority for jobs to gang members."

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The proposal presented by the Textile Industry Chamber did not receive support from the Ministry for Employment.

The plan promoted by the industry is for a change in working hours from a three and half day week to eight hours daily.

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Nicaragua: 54% of Jobs Recovered

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In the last six months 25,000 of the 46,000 jobs lost between 2008 and 2009 have been recreated.

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Guatemala: 3,000 Job Openings in Textiles

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Guatemalan textile companies are preparing for a jump in orders during the high season at the end of the year from the United States.

On July 1st, the Guatemalan textile industry began the high season for production to fulfill orders of garments from the United States for the end of the year. The textile factories, which have been heavily affected by the economic crisis, forecast the contracting of 3,000 people for the season.

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