Lowest paid categories get 4 percent hikes

The national salary council has approved increases that took effect Tuesday with special consideration for lower-income workers.

The bulk of the work force gets 2.35 percent more in the minimum wage. Those in the category of  no calificados get 4.22 percent. Those who are considered semi-qualified will get 4.09 percent, and those considered trabajadores calificados will get 4 percent, the Consejo said.

Union representatives made three proposals ranging from 4.12 to 6 percent. Representatives of  employers suggested 1.22 percent.

This is not the first time that the Consejo Nacional de Salarios gave an additional increase to the lowest salary levels. The idea is to help out the lowest paid.

The wages take effect as of July 1, so employers will have to work the new numbers into the salaries that will be paid July 15.

Many Costa Ricans work at the minimum wage for their job category. The Ministry de Trabajo is expected to issue a list of the new salaries before the next payday.

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