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Chad ends general strike

The government and trade unions in Chad on Wednesday night signed an agreement that puts an end to the general strike, started in January 2018 following national austerity measures taken by the state, APA can report.The leaders of the major trade unions, who were invited to the presidency, signed the seven-point agreement.

The government has committed to paying all public servants’ salaries in February, but obtained a three-month moratorium (February, March, April) from banks on loans made by its agents.

The two parties also agreed on the suspension of the current census and the study of any other appropriate measures that could be an alternative to Decree 687, thus saving 30 billion CFA francs on the wage bill. The government is also committed to paying back the difference in wages.

For their part, the trade unions undertook to suspend the general strike and to continue the dialogue to establish social peace.

The monitoring of the implementation of the agreement is entrusted to a committee, and the President was designated guarantor of the agreement.

While welcoming the agreement, the Chadian Minister of Civil Service, Mahamat Mouctar Ali, declared that “it is a victory for all the Chadian people.”

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