Successes of the "Better Work" Program

Starting in 2011 the "Better Work" Program has generated improvements in working conditions and competitiveness in free zone companies in Nicaragua.

Monday, January 28, 2013

From a press release issued by the Ministry of Labour in Nicaragua:
For companies in the Nicaraguan free zones the "Better Work", is viewed as a good experience, because its primary objective is to improve working conditions, competitiveness and to analyze the business of free zone companies.

In the labor area, the Government has focused on ensuring compliance and restoring labor rights, as well as the ensuring the correct application of international conventions ratified by Nicaragua with the International Labor Organization. These include respect for freedom of association, strengthening the tripartite dialogue, free negotiation between parties and a culture of compliance with labor legislation by employers in the zones, therefore the "Better Work Program" is an opportunity to improve as companies get more purchase orders from international brands.

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