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LatinNews Daily - 05 July 2021

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In brief: El Salvador approves major increase to minimum wage

* El Salvador’s national minimum wage council, which comprises representatives from the government, workers and the private sector, has approved the proposal by the executive led by President Nayib Bukele to increase the national minimum wage by 20% as of August this year. Labour minister Rolando Castro tweeted that the decision was approved by the workers and government but not the private sector. He said that 522,000 families would benefit as a result of the extra income. The minimum wage was last increased in El Salvador in 2018 and currently ranges from some US$300 a month for those employed in the sectors of trade, services & industry to between US$200-US$224 in agriculture.