What Salary is Lower Than The One You Dont Have?

In the discussion taking place in Guatemala on differentiated wages, voices are being heard, speaking from the comfort of their desks, framing the issue as an all or nothing situation.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

EDITORIAL

Juan Carlos Tefel, Director of the Board of the CIG and General Manager at Fogel, discusses with entreprenureal pragmatism but also social sensitibility the issue of the definition of differentiated salaries for some Guatemalan communities that have "a high rate of unemployment and 'real' income well below the minimum wage. "

Tefel says "... We have seen opposition from columnists, intellectuals and the Office of Human Rights on the grounds that these salaries are not enough to live on and that the minimum wage only benefits employers as they get cheap labor. "

And he answers "... Are the real wages that workers currently receiving sufficient? What salary is lower than the one you do not have? Why not give the opportunity to people in these communities to have access to social security? Very basic questions have not been answered by opponents of this initiative. "

"... If we want to bring development to the entire country we have to think in practical terms and act differently. This proposal breaks the paradigm of theoretical minimum wage and is thought about in practical terms. Therefore as a guild, sector and country we have to support it. Only with investment and capital can we get out of poverty. "



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