Ciudad Colón employees stage protest over money

Municipal employees in Ciudad Colón have walked off their jobs and protested in the street, according to the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados. The union organization says the dispute is the refusal of the mayor to pay what are known as salarios escolares.

The money amounts to 8.19 percent of the annual salary and is designed to provide funds to purchase items for youngsters going to school. Public sector employees receive the money from the central government. In the private sector, employees can elect to have the funds withheld from their salaries to avoid paying taxes and social charges.

The union organization said that the mayor, Gilberto Monge Pizarro, had given no reason for not paying the money. The employees are seeking negotiations. Ciudad Colón is in the Municipalidad de Mora.

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