Private sector will give $1 billion to its workers

The private sector is expected to pay employees 527.3 trillion colons in Christmas bonuses.

That is the estimate from the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado, which said that about 1.6 million workers would get payments, which are called aguinaldos.

The estimated amount is a bit more than $1 billion. Based on the chamber estimate, each worker would receive about $660.

The so-called 13th month’s pay is mandated by law. The law also says that the amount must be paid by Dec. 20.

Each year there are multiple complaints at the Ministerio de Trabajo because workers claim they did not receive the aguinaldo or that the amount was incorrect.

About 86 percent of the nation’s workforce are in the private sector. The central government is expected to disburse 133 billon colons to its estimated 186,000 workers and pensioners next week. That amount is $266 million. The amount averages to nearly $1,500 per person, although some receive much more than others.

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