Dominican Republic unions call proposed wage hike “pittance”
Santo Domingo. – Trade union leaders abruptly left the National Wage Committee meeting Thursday, calling management’s offer of increasing the minimum wage by RD$27.00 per day a “pittance.”
Rafael –Pepe- Abreu, head of the labor unions grouped in CNUS, said management’s proposed increase isn’t worth a discussing. ”We let employers know that when they change their position and are willing to make a fair proposal, we’ll return to the National Wage Committee.”
“We believe that a proposal of this nature is insulting, because 27. 25 or 23 pesos isn’t enough for a worker to buy a meal. In fact, one of those bad breakfasts sold on the streets cost 25 pesos,” the union leader said.
Abreu said faced with management’s rigid position, the trade unions decided to abandon the meeting and promote a bill now in Congress, “which provides for a general wage hike of 25% for salaries up to RD$50,000.”
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