Bolivian President Evo Morales has promised to fulfill the requests of private and public sector part-time employees following protests earlier this week in which workers demanded that they receive an extra monthly wage bonus in December, in addition to the customary end of the year double monthly salary.
“There has been neglect in the details of the double bonus decree. Therefore I want to promise the Bolivian people; that from now on double bonuses will be guaranteed to part-time workers.” He stated in a speech on Saturday.
President Morales’ comments coincided with a controversial statement issued by the Bolivian Finance Ministry earlier this week, which indicated that all part-time workers would be excluded from receiving this year’s monthly wage bonus payment.
During his public address, President Morales added, “We will meet next week in order to amend the double bonus payment decree.”
Last November the Bolivian government approved a financial decree which authorized the allocation of a double bonus, a payment equivalent to one month’s salary to all salaried workers. The double bonus is to be paid each year for as long as GDP growth remains above 4.5%. In 2014 Bolivia expects to register growth of 5.2%.
However, according to the Bolivian Ministry of Labor, the current law stipulates that bonus payments only apply to part-time workers based on “on the availability of financial resources.”
The announcement sparked protests by workers from various sectors of the Bolivian economy demanding that the decree be amended.