Monday, September 1, 2014
Minimum Wage Council to meet
The Minimum Wage Council is scheduled to meet today to announce an increase in the minimum wage amid a complex scenario that includes suspensions and lay-offs. The council — made up of 16 representatives from the unions and 16 from the business sector, as well as government officials — has been meeting since 2004 to discuss a salary floor for all registered workers. This time around, the crisis faced by numerous economic sectors will push the pro-government CTA splinter group led by Hugo Yasky to go beyond the scheduled agenda and propose the creation of a permanent Job Commission to avoid further layoffs in key areas such as the auto sector, union sources said. As in previous years, pro-government unions will be the only ones to participate in the conclave. The meeting was originally scheduled for Friday, but Labour Minister Carlos Tomada said it was postponed for today because of scheduling issues. It will begin at 5pm.