Workers will share $1.2 billion in Christmas bonuses

The country’s private sector workers will share some 466 billion colons in Christmas bonuses, according to an employers group.

Public employees will share 491 billion more, according to another report.

There are 1.5 million workers in the private sector, according to the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado.
The total for both public and private workers is about $1.2 billion.

According to census data, private employment, independent workers and employers make up 86 percent of the work force.

The bonuses, called aguinaldos, are supposed to be paid by Dec. 20. The amount is supposed to be one-twelfth of what the employee earned between Dec. 1, 2009, to this Nov. 30. The Christmas bonus is one reason why many Costa Ricans work for a lower wage during the year.

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