The dilemma of freezing or raising the basic salary
In December, the National Wages Council (Conades) shall determine the Unified Basic Salary of 2016. In order to know the views of workers and employers, Daily Expreso interviewed three representatives: of the traders, employers and industry workers respectively.
Juan Vareles, national vice president of the Ecuadorian Confederation of Workers’ Class Unitary Organizations (CEDOCUT for its Spanish acronym), said they aspire to an increase that covers the family shopping basket. While Juan Carlos Diaz-Granados, Executive Director of the Guayaquil Chamber of Commerce (GCC), suggests to freeze wages given the economic climate.
For his part Luis Poveda, representative of the employers before the Conades, is confident that a better decision will be taken based on a technical study. However, Vareles told Daily Expreso that before the economic crisis in the country, “Those who received benefits during the oil boom are those who must bear the cost of the crisis, but not the working class.”
He stressed that there are massive layoffs in the private sector, such as in the automotive, textile, construction and oil industries; as well as in the public sector.