Mintrabajo, Colombia’s ministry of labor, announced that the monthly minimum wage throughout the country will be set at $644,350 pesos per month, an increase of 4.6%. The labor minister, Luis Eduardo Garzón, announced that the increase was higher than in previous years, thus workers earning this wage will not suffer a loss in buying power.
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“All are witnesses of the effort we have made to arrive at an agreeable rate, and this was difficult, but I want to vindicate the attitude of the businesspeople and labor organizations, because the effort from all sectors was very important,” said Garzón. The 2015 wage was established in Decree #2731, December 30, 2014.
Transport expense reimbursement set at $74,000 ($31.12) monthly
In Colombia, low wage earners also receive a transportation subsidy from their employers. For 2015, Garzón announced that this would be set at 74,000 pesos per month, set by Decree #2732. As a reference, 2 rush-hour trips per day for a 20-workday month would cost a regular user of Transmilenio, Bogotá’s public transport system, without social discounts or subsidies (disability, senior citizen, etc.) $72,000 per month, based on published rates.
Front page photo credit showing labor minister Luis Eduardo Garzón (left) with President Santos: Mintrabajo