Saturday, August 13

National Minimum Wage Commission installed

With representatives of the Worker, Employer and National Government sectors, this Friday, October 29, 2021, the installation of the members of the National Minimum Wage Commission and at the same time its Technical Commission.

The main and alternate commissioners, Discussions and reviews of the current situation of each of the economic activities by geographic area will begin, as defined by Panamanian legislation.

The Minister of Labor and Labor Development, Doris Zapata Acevedo, indicated that the National Government will always be ready to communicate and to dialogue, in search of a consensus between employer and worker.

Added that It is important to recognize that a minimum wage negotiating table is being installed in the midst of a pandemic that has not yet been overcome.Therefore, it is good that the different sectors sit down to review how the economy is in each of the provinces, in order to establish the situation of the labor market and finances in the country.

The National Minimum Wage CommissionIt is made up of the National Government sector, the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, the Ministry of Agricultural Development; for the Employer sector the National Council of Private Enterprise (Conep) and the Panamanian Chamber of Construction; and for the Worker sector, the National Council of Organized Workers (Conato) and the Confederation of Independent Trade Union Unity (CONUSI)

In Panama, the minimum wage is set at least every two years, as established in article 174 of the Labor Code, and according to the antecedents, the time to adjust the minimum wage was not always two years.

As a result of this first meeting, a work schedule was established that includes 5 meetings, 2 courtesy room tours in Chiriquí and Coclé and three ordinary meetings in Panama with the purpose of presenting the presentations from each of the sectors to take into consideration the economic and labor reality of Panama in the review of the minimum wage .