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No raise on Dominican Republic’s wages of misery

Santo Domingo.- The minister of the Economy on Friday ruled out the possibility of a general increase in salaries next year, despite demands of a raise by various sectors on  what’s often called the “wages of misery,” the minimum as low as US$130.40 per month.

Isidoro Santana said one of the main reasons against a wage increase is the large number of people earning “extremely low” salaries, but “being so many, any small variation affects the budget quantitatively in a magnitude which the Dominican fiscal system is normally unable to cope with.”

“The issue of wages in general is a headache,” Santana said during a visit to the Chamber of Deputies Economic Planning Committee.

He also revealed that the a wage increase hasn’t been discussed during the latest meetings of the Cabinet, despite the widespread demands of higher salaries for doctors, teachers and police.

Dominican Republic Regulatory Public Sector Wage Law 105-13 instructs the Public Administration Ministry to ensure “pay equity” of public employees and to advise municipalities on their salary scale.

Source: DT

Sep 24, 2016

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