2019 Update on Monthly Minimum Wages in Central America

Photo: Feasies

In January 2019, the Labour Research Team (Equipo de Investigaciónes Laborales -- EIL) published its annual report comparing inflation rates and increases in the monthly minimum wages for maquila workers in Central America’s four garment-producing countries. The three-page report provides brief analyses of the political and economic context within which the tripartite minimum wage negotiations took place in each country, highlighting actions of a variety of actors including government, industry, women’s organizations and trade unions.

Trabajadoras(es) mexicanas protestan por la falta de pago de una empresa canadiense

Foto: Eduardo Lliteras Senties

Trabajadoras(es) antes empleadas por la manufacturera de ropa canadiense Alabama Cotton, en Yucatán, México, protestan por la falta de pago de indemnización, salarios atrasados y otra compensación que adeudan después de que la empresa cerrara su fábrica, Alabama México, a fines de diciembre de 2018.

Bangladesh police clash with protesting garment workers demanding higher wages

Photo: IndudstriALL

A new minimum wage of 8,000 Taka (US$94), which came into effect on December 9, was rejected by workers and their unions asserting that the increase, the first of its kind since 2013, did not cover the rise in prices over the last five years. Bangladeshi unions, including those in the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council, have been demanding a monthly minimum wage of 16,000 taka (US$191).

La policía de Bangladesh choquen con trabajadoras(es) que protestan por aumentos de salarios

Foto: IndustriALL

Un nuevo salario mínimo de 8,000 Taka (US$94), que se tomó vigencia el 9 de diciembre, fue rechazado por trabajadoras(es) y sus sindicatos sosteniendo que el incremento, que es el primero desde 2013, no cubría el aumento de los precios en los últimos cinco años. Los sindicatos de Bangladesh, incluyendo los del Consejo de IndustriALL Bangladesh, habían exigido un salario mínimo de 16,000 Taka (US$191).

Mexican garment workers protest Canadian company’s failure to pay legal severance

Photo: Eduardo Lliteras Senties

Workers formerly employed by the Canadian clothing manufacturer, Alabama Cotton, in Yucatan, Mexico are protesting the company’s failure to provide full legal severance pay, back wages and other compensation owing after the company closed it Alabama Mexico factory in late December 2018.

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