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El Salvador free-zone companies propose a longer working day ‘to create jobs’

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


The free-zone (maquila) factories of El Salvador aim to raise the working day to 12 hours, up from eight, in what they say is an effort to increase jobs.
 
The chamber of the free-zone and textile industries, Camtex, told the Labor ministry it aims for a working week of three 12-hour days and one of six.
 
Currently, the working week would be reduced to 42 from 44 hours a week. But Oscar Luna, the human rights ombudsman, said that an extension of the working day would directly affect workers’ rights.
 
Original source (in Spanish): Efe