The National Confederation of Trade Union Unity (Conusi) presented a figure on which they hope to turn the negotiations in the National Minimum Wage Commission: $ 1,500 per month.
This is the aspiration of the country’s trade union movement, considering that under current conditions it is the minimum required by a worker to satisfy their basic needs and those of their family, however, the proposal has not been well received by the business sector.
The workers’ approach was presented during the second meeting of the National Minimum Wage Commission in which where various economic factors that are determinant for the setting of the minimum wage such as the cost of employment were analyzed Basic Food Basket (CBA), the Consumer’s price index (CPI), the unemployment rate and the productivity of the labor force in the country.
The Minister of Labor and Labor Development, Doris Zapata, He stressed that each of the sectors has presented their position at the table. In the case of workers in Panama, they ask for an increase while the business sector insists that the conditions are not in place to consider new adjustments, due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
The general secretary of CONUSI, Genaro López, He assured that the worker who does not earn $ 1,500 per month is not able to satisfy his needs. However, they will seek a consensus with other union groups to present a joint proposal.
For its part, Juan Antonio Ledezma, on behalf of the National Council of Private Enterprise (Conep) in the National Minimum Wage Commission, says that workers have always aspired to be approved a minimum wage of $ 1,500 per month, but warned that this figure does not adjust to the reality of either the companies or the country, especially in the midst of the situation that the world at this time of pandemic.
Private sector representatives at the table warn that if the minimum wage was raised to $ 1,500 per month, companies would go bankrupt.
Ledezma adds to the situation in the world, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies in the country are trying to survive and maintain the jobs they currently have.
However, López insists that it is necessary to increase wages because what they earn in many cases is not even enough for the Basic Food Basket.