Salary increase for public sector workers set at 3.24 percent

July 16, 2013

Government officials on Monday evening set a 3.24 percent wage increase for public sector workers for the second half of the year.

Labor Minister Olman Segura said the decision was made by executive decree due to a “lack of will” by union leaders to reach an agreement after three meetings.

The percentage was the government’s initial proposal, while unions were demanding a 6.2 percent increase.

Segura said that the hike represents an expenditure of some ₡80,000 million ($160 million) in government funds.

Union leaders remained defiant, saying, “There was no negotiation,” according to Walter Quesada, secretary general of the National Association of Public and Private Employees. He added that government representatives declined to discuss changes in the calculation formula used for salary increases.

Union leaders also claim that government representatives rejected an additional increase of 2.5 percent for the lowest-earning public workers.

Said Quesada: “This government is not open to dialogue and the only thing they do is impose their point of view.”

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

The Tico Times Dispatch: An interview with journalist and economist David Ching
Politics
351 views
Politics
351 views

The Tico Times Dispatch: An interview with journalist and economist David Ching

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 23, 2018

Costa Rica’s Plenary Court rejected the proposed tax reform bill last week and asked that four sections of the initiative…

Soy pico rojo: the new form of protest in Nicaragua
La Prensa
570 views
La Prensa
570 views

Soy pico rojo: the new form of protest in Nicaragua

La Prensa - October 23, 2018

Social media has been filled with photos of men and women wearing red lipstick as a way of protest Daniel…

HolaLola: Capturing Costa Rica’s essence in art
Pic of the Day
621 views
Pic of the Day
621 views

HolaLola: Capturing Costa Rica’s essence in art

Alissa Grosskopf - October 23, 2018

You have probably seen Priscilla Aguirre's art at HolaLola before. It captures the beauty of Costa Rica's nature and culture…