Employers propose no raises in minimum wages for next six months

Employer representatives have proposed no raises in the minimum wages for the next six months.

That was the proposal Monday from the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado. Monday was the turn for employer representatives to make a proposal.

Employee representatives already have proposed raises of from 2.3 to 3.5 percent.

The negotiations are before the Consejo Nacional de Salarios, which has the final say. Yet to be heard from is the government, which also will make a proposal.

Luis Mesalles of the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras defended the proposal by saying that the formula used contained a lot of negatives but that there was no plan to seek a reduction in the minimum salaries. The proposals generally cite inflation statistics and the cost of living.

The country maintains a list of minimum private salaries based on job categories.

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