Strike at Customs Offices in El Salvador

Goods vehicles can not pass through customs posts at the Salvadoran border, where Treasury officials are on strike.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Various business groups have expressed concern about the strike, which is causing serious economic losses for businesses.

Regarding this, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in El Salvador states that "We have learned from our partners that the suspension of customs duties has already begun to generate losses of perishable products, delays in delivery times and possible shortages of basic goods, especially vegetables from other countries in the region and those that supply El Salvador. "

As reports, the strike is organized "by the Union of Workers of the Ministry of Finance (Sitramha) for the purpose of enforcing the arbitral award, agreed in December last year. Odila Marroquin, Sitramha’s, Secretary General, said that one of the main complaints is that the Finance Minister Carlos Caceres has not given the $1.000 bonus (per employee), as stipulated in clause 58 of the Award nor the payments for overtime so far for the first half of the year. "

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