New minimum wage agreement reached - 6% rise

NSCAG News | on: Friday, 31 August 2012

On Aug. 23, representatives from labour, private business and the government agreed to a 6% rise in the minimum wage for ten sectors of the Nicaraguan economy to take effect on Sept. 1. For small handicraft and tourism businesses, the increase will be 4%. Salaries in free trade zone read more



“Consumers to the north of us, producers to the south” – Nicaragua’s struggle against drug gangs

NSCAG News | on: Friday, 31 August 2012

On 23rd August 2012 at the XXXI Extraordinary Meeting of the Commission of Police Chiefs and Directors from Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Colombia in Managua, Nicaragua’s National Police Commissioner Aminta Granera said that the chiefs had agreed not to depend on international aid in their fight against drug read more



At Unison National Delegates Conference, comparing experiences of youth organising, with Mandy Richards (centre) of Hackney Youth Parliament Report of speakers tour

NSCAG News | on: Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Nicaragua is no stranger to the horrors of neo-liberal ‘austerity’ economics. At the invitation of Unison International Department, two young Nicaraguan trade union activists visited England and Wales in June 2012 and inspired hundreds of people with their talks on actions taken in their country to counteract the global read more



25 Years of Central American Integration - food security and drug trafficking

NSCAG News | on: Friday, 17 August 2012

The Central American Integration System (SICA) summit, held in Managua on Aug. 7-8, commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Esquipulas II accord and focused on the issue of food security for the region and the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. The Central American leaders, chaired by President Daniel read more



Nicaragua advances in clean energy

NSCAG News | on: Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Tumarin dam construction ready to go The president of Hydroelectrics Central of Nicaragua (CHN), Marcelo Conde, confirmed in August that construction of the Tumarin hydroelectric project is ready to begin as soon as the rainy season ends. Conde said that negotiations for compensation of property owners read more



First man sentenced under new law to protect women against abuse

NSCAG News | on: Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Seventh District Criminal Court, specialising in violence against women, issued the first sentence under Act 779, a law passed in Nicaragua’s National Assembly to punish abusers of women. Julio Esteban Rosales, age 28, was sentenced to eight months in jail for psychological abuse against read more



Labour conditions improve in Free Trade Zones

NSCAG News | on: Thursday, 2 August 2012

Unions have helped to ensure that nearly 100,000 textile workers, overwhelmingly female, have benefitted from vastly improved working conditions in Nicaragua’s maquilas (foreign owned clothing factories in the Free Trade Zones). Trade unions are key players in tripartite talks which also bring together the employers and the Ministry of Labour. read more



More Nicaraguan doctors graduating from Cuban medical schools

NSCAG News | on: Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Boasting 429 new doctors, Nicaragua will have the second highest number of non-Cuban students receiving Doctor of Medicine degrees this month from Cuban medical schools, surpassed only by Bolivia in the number of foreign graduates. Cuba’s commitment to health care for the world’s poor is shown by the read more





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