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Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic Hotels and Tourism Association –Asonahores-  on Monday called "childish" and refuted economist Luis Vargas’ affirmation that  the country’s tourism sector’s wages are well below the minimum paid in the non-sectored companies .

Asonahores vice president Arturo Villanueva said all the additional benefits he says workers receive have been accomplished through mutual agreement with the unions and have been formally submitted to the Labor Ministry’s Wages Committee.

He stressed that those actions have carried out more than 10 times to be “in harmony with  employees  so that they feel satisfied and their union leaders as well.”

The business leader added that among the collateral benefits hotels, bars and restaurants workers receive figure transportation service, meals, lodging for many of them, the legal 10% tip distributed to all employees, health insurance, among others.

Wages of misery

Quoted by, Vargas affirmed that while large non-sectored companies pay a minimum salary of RD$11,291 per month, the big sector hotels and restaurants pay RD$8,04 and even lower the medium companies, of RD$5,768 and RD$5,191 in the small ones.

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24 comment(s)
Written by: generoso, 3 Jun 2014 10:08 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Earth
Employers throughout the DR have to start paying livable salaries, now. The status quo is unacceptable.
Sometimes I wonder how the hell can these people survive, with less than $300 a month, and pay for inflated costs for transportation, energy, food, and medicines.
Some live with family, and get some help from government subsidies, to try to make ends meet, but most depend on remittances, and gifts from relatives abroad.
The fat buzzard owners of the hotels, must pay a decent wage to all their employees, not only to their top brass.
Written by: laman00, 3 Jun 2014 10:15 AM
From: United States
First of all they need to change that stupid labor laws and then ask for higher wages, these labor laws are made only to screw the employer and they know it.
Written by: generoso, 3 Jun 2014 10:30 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Earth

Agree that the labor laws have to updated, and actualized, but not for the benefit of the employers, but the workers.
Written by: laman00, 3 Jun 2014 10:48 AM
From: United States
If the employers dont benefit from the employee then why should they hire lazy asses in a first place, and then get screwed bye them with this f--ed up laws??
Written by: blue105, 3 Jun 2014 11:06 AM
From: United States
Laman00 any relations to danny00? anyways Dominican republic is known for it's low wages when comparing it to other countries with similar GDP. Dominican Republic has many laws and policies that keep many in poverty, while only providing for those on the top. I believe that's why the low standards in Education, health and other general services exist,. while the government pushes religion to keep the poor in line. I think people can do better if they push the government and policy makers for a livable wage.
Written by: laman00, 3 Jun 2014 11:12 AM
From: United States
Not related to anyone here, just talking with my own experience here, and still.going through.
Written by: TuPapaupa2014 This user is banned, 3 Jun 2014 11:18 AM
From: United States, (((((roketa + dannyOO + borderwall + blue105(Girly Man) + = SAME POSTER..BUSTED!!!. JAJAJA!))))).....Je Suis Charlie, Soy Charlie, I am Charlie.

Written by: blue105, 3 Jun 2014 11:06 AM

From: United States

Laman00 any relations to danny00?

blue105, any relations to roketa and borderwall and God knows how many others?.......
Written by: laman00, 3 Jun 2014 11:20 AM
From: United States
Good one Papa!!!!!
Written by: TuPapaupa2014 This user is banned, 3 Jun 2014 11:23 AM
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Written by: laman00, 3 Jun 2014 11:20 AM


Good one Papa!!!!!

I don't blame BaBaBluey being here today after the SHELLACKING roketaLaRecojeBate got yesterday.
Written by: Ricardolito, 3 Jun 2014 11:25 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I also agree with generoso and laman that the labour laws at present are quite ridiculous.. There needs to be changes in two directions. Firstly , the employees need to be paid a much better minimum wage with medical insurance and holidays also paid for, but secondly ,the employer must be able to dismiss and not pay if the employee is guilty of a crime ,and if he is sacked for being lazy he should be paid a much reduced payout than at present . I can see many reasons why employers prefer to employ Haitians rather than Dominicans .a theme that I have seen written here many times before .
Written by: Radar, 3 Jun 2014 11:40 AM
From: United States, Aspen Hill, Maryland.

If I were the minister of mining and industry, (and NOT rotten to the core), I would try hard to enact laws that would bring wages up to a more equitable level.
First of all, I would reduce wages and benefits of government lackeys, botellas, parasites, and leeches, to a more sensible one. While these do-nothings "earn" outrageous sums, the common government worker earns less than 15.000K a month.
A police razo, earns even less.

Second.: An established Industry must pay their workers, after taxes and expenses, an adjustable, variable minimum wage, which conforms to net income of said industry. Basically, a profit sharing program.

One other great burden on families, is the high cost of foods. There's no reason for this except to gouge out the consumers. The govt. must either subsidize basic foods, or establish price ceilings on all goods.
The rich live off the sweat of the poor. We must expand our middle class by enacting laws to help spread wealth in a more equitable way.
Written by: TuPapaupa2014 This user is banned, 3 Jun 2014 12:06 PM
From: United States, (((((roketa + dannyOO + borderwall + blue105(Girly Man) + = SAME POSTER..BUSTED!!!. JAJAJA!))))).....Je Suis Charlie, Soy Charlie, I am Charlie.

"Asonahores vice president Arturo Villanueva said all the additional benefits he says workers receive have been accomplished through mutual agreement with the unions and have been formally submitted to the Labor Ministry’s Wages Committee".

Yeah, whatever.

I wonder if he meant to say that money exchanged hands between the Union and Asanahores?.......huuuuummmm.

Written by: caribbeanking, 3 Jun 2014 12:06 PM
From: United States, ironbound
Dont blame the business men, if you are poor blame yourself. Its your do not have a right to a job.
Written by: GringoRandy, 3 Jun 2014 1:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
Good post here. I appreciate the exchange between generoso and laman00. Blue105 makes a good observation and both Ricardolito and Radar contribute well intended points to the conversation. The way in which the labor laws are currently constructed is "in part" responsible for the low worker pay. The burden imposed upon employers to pay large severance packages motivates them to pay low wages on the front end. Modify the severance package structure and increase wages across the board. The goal of conflict resolution is to assure that all parties come out winners. In this case, hardworking employees should win with higher, livable incomes and employers win by having more productive and reliable employees. Let the lazy Fuc#$ go with a handshake and a "good luck." A social and cultural revolution is required. Sign me up as a diplomat - my only office is the park.
Written by: juanb, 3 Jun 2014 2:11 PM
From: Dominican Republic

If you are not rotten to the core you don't qualify to be a minister.
Written by: Johny, 3 Jun 2014 3:37 PM
From: United States, European Union, Dominican Republic -

"... the legal 10% tip distributed to all employees ..."

I don't get it.

When I pay $10 tip in resort restaurant, $9 of it goes to management and $1 is split between all staff? So when there is 20 people working in the restaurant, then the cook gets 5 cents?
Written by: generoso, 3 Jun 2014 5:32 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Earth
Case in point:

I have a maid that comes in at 8AM and leaves before 2PM, Monday through Friday. I pay her RD$12,000 pesos a month, plus transportation money. I also pay for her health insurance.
At the end of the year, she gets two weeks paid vacation, and an extra salary as a bonus.
When I am outside the country, she is not required to keep the same hours.
I have had this maid for over 20 years, and she is part of the family. Many times she has asked for loans, only to be paid by computing the benefits of the labor laws, that authorizes them severance pay.
So employees in a way, want to receive severance pay, or be "fired" to add to their take home pay.
This system is antiquated dating back form the 1950's and subject to abuse, both by employers and employees, and must be redesigned.
Written by: laman00, 3 Jun 2014 6:13 PM
From: United States
Your talking about your personal maid for your house, but when you own a bussiness they sure know how to manipulate you bye forcing you to pay all the non sense, and there are special lawyers who only live off this scams. Bye the way if you fire her or she just wanted to leave for any reason she can ask as much as she wants, the most stupid laws ever i seen. She can sue you without a dime and your the one who will end up paying her attorney and yours and compensation and this is the honest the truth about this country.
Written by: generoso, 3 Jun 2014 6:36 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Earth

Have to agree with you there. I have had the opportunity to run companies in zona franca, that carry hundreds of employees in the payroll, and its not much fun. The labor laws have to be redesigned and reinvented, to attract better quality employees, more benefits, and improved working conditions.
Written by: laman00, 3 Jun 2014 6:39 PM
From: United States
So who in the right f--ing mind would ever want to invest here with this kind of lawys tell me??
Written by: Ricardolito, 3 Jun 2014 6:49 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I would never invest here ..almost impossible to win ..but if I did have a business I would employ haitianos rather than Dominicans who always want more and more and give less and less
Written by: laman00, 3 Jun 2014 6:51 PM
From: United States
Exactly Ricardo, im in it i know it.
Written by: generoso, 3 Jun 2014 7:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Earth
Speaking from very raw experience, I will have to agree with you all. As much as I hate to admit it, Haitian employees are less problematic, need less maintenance and are more punctual and serious about their work. That is why employers do prefer them.
Also the great majority of our workers where women, as they more focused and reliable than men.
The women carry the burden in this very macho society, where the men play dominoes and drink cerveza, and not take their work very seriously.
I was one of the lucky ones, of being able to sell most of my holdings and businesses, and would not under any circumstances, incur again in running business enterprises in the DR, unless the investor climate is profusely changed for the better. Which is not likely to happen soon.
Written by: laman00, 4 Jun 2014 11:26 AM
From: United States
You pay them good , feed them, buy them gifts, you give them place to sleep, you take them out for a dinner, you treat them like a human beeing and at the end of the day when they descide to leave they will do there best get anything from you, they bite the hand that feeds them , typical dominican mentality.
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