Textile Sector Needs More Job Flexibility

Because there is still no regulation for part-time employment in Guatemala, textile businessmen estimate that the country loses between 40 and 70 thousand jobs.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

For representatives of the Costume and Textile Commission (Vestex), the high operating and labor costs in Guatemala cause businessmen to send cut pieces to Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua to be assembled.

Alejandro Ceballos, president of Vestex, explained to Prensalibre.com that "... Guatemala can take advantage in exports, because U.S. buyers will look to the region and especially to Guatemala to do business. Although the outlook is encouraging for this sector, not all of the positive impact on the country is staying, because between 40 and 70 thousand jobs are not being filled for lack of labor flexibility.

Ceballos added that "... With the current working conditions in Guatemala it is not possible to create jobs, therefore, the application of part-time is becoming increasingly necessary because neighboring countries are taking advantage of this advantage.

See "Guatemala Approves Part-Time Employment" and "Guatemala and the Part Time Employment Law".

The part-time employment situation in the country has been debated for years, because after multiple announcements and attempts to advance the issue being discussed in Congress, the law is still not a reality. However, with the resumption of the discussion of the issue this year, its implementation could be finalized in 2019.

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The Morales administration expects to have ready next month the first draft of a law that regulates part-time work, which must be approved before February 2018.

In February, Convention 175 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) comes into force in Guatemala and by that date the legal framework to implement part-time employment must be ready. 

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Once the Investment and Employment Decree 4644 is approved, there would come into effect "...

El Salvador: Textile Job Flexibility Demands

June 2011

The Chamber of the Textiles, Clothing and Free Zones has presented a new proposal for the sector.

In 2010 the chamber had proposed a change in working hours from the 3.5 x 3.5 scheme, which means that employees work three and a half days and then rest for the same period of time, to change to working eight to twelve hours daily. This proposal has not been approved by the Ministry of Labour.

Part-time work discussed in Guatemala

June 2008

The economic crisis has reactivated the dialog to allow part-time work in companies, through ratifying Agreement 175 of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The possibility that a housewife might work several hours a day outside of the home, or that a student might choose a night-shift job to pay for his or her studies, or that a company contracts work only for the hours needed for its production are some of the benefits of part-time work.

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