The government decided to increase the minimum wage for garment and footwear industry workers by $2 to $192 per month for 2021, a decision that has left unions and employers dissatisfied after the two parties failed to come to an agreement in talks that ended September 10.
The National Council on Minimum Wage (NCMW) approved a $190 minimum wage for 2021, marking no increase over 2020, following sensitive negotiations in which unions requested a raise of nearly $12, and employers asked for a cut of $17. The government then decided to add a $2 raise, which will take effect on January 1.
This year’s minimum wage increase is the smallest since the wage went unchanged from 2010 to 2013. In last year’s negotiations, the NCMW settled on an $8 raise.