Employers propose tiny wage hike

The business sector has proposed a 1.33 percent increase in the minimum wages as of July 1.

The proposal was received with surprise, said the Unión Nacional de Trabajadores, which is on the other side of the table. Labor interests have proposed an increase of more than 4 percent.

The presentation to the Consejo Nacional de Salarios, was by the Unión Nacional de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado. There is another meeting Monday when the government will present its proposal.

The increase will be reflected for most workers in the July 15 paycheck, although the minimum wages also cover day workers.

Many Costa Ricans work for the minimum wage that is set by the government. Each job classification has its own salary.

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