After various negotiations and discussions, This Thursday, a proposal was approved in the Senate so that Mexican workers can enjoy more holidays.
“A step was taken to modern Mexico, because in the international environment it was shameful that we have a country with so few days off”
Until this approval, Mexico was an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country that more hours worked per year, but they are entitled to fewer vacation days.
The federal labor law establishes that by law every employed person should get at least six days off for every year worked.
However, countries such as Brazil, Cuba, Panama, Nicaragua and Peru received 30 days off for each year worked.
With the approval of this initiative, Mexico is now positioned ahead of countries such as Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Belize, where the minimum number of paid days off per year is 10.
What are the benefits to Mexican workers of this change?
According to Ricardo Barbosa, president of the National Commission for Labor Affairs of Coparmex, after the re-voting in the Chamber of Deputies, which was announced only as a procedure to make it official, It must be published in the Official Gazette of the Federation to enter into force on January 1, 2023.
Of that, he explained, workers who are employed as their first income after the first year of work they can enjoy 12 days of annual leave.
Employees who have completed one year, two years, three years, four years and their consecutive years, and who according to the current law have the right to six, eight, 10 and 12 days of annual leave, as of January 1, six more days will be added to those which they already have by law, that is, they would reach 12, 14, 16 or 18 days by law.
In addition to this, Workers will receive a holiday allowance of 25% according to the days received as annual leave; that is, if you previously received 25% for six days, now you will receive 25% for 12 days.
“This benefits both newly hired workers and those who have been with the company for several years. This is a good example that when there is good dialogue people benefit. The employer sector, led by Coparmex, was in favor and supported this reform from day one,” said Ricardo Barbosa.
He also pointed out that it is estimated that the salaries of the bosses could increase by 3% per year, but this does not mean a loss, but the opposite“a step was taken to modern Mexico, because in the international environment it was shameful that we have a country with so few days of rest.”
He indicated that it is estimated that thanks to this, employees will feel more rested and happier, and thus their productivity will increase. “We should not see it as an expense, but as a necessity to provide our employees with a better quality of life and better working conditions”, he concluded.
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