Togo’s public service workers threaten to go on strikeSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 09/01/2013 8:23 am in World / no comments
LOME, Jan. 8 — The main trade union for workers in Togo’s public service threatened on Tuesday to paralyze operations in the public administration following the failure by Parliament to pass a new Public Service bill in December, to replace the current law that has been in operation since 1968.
The document was supposed to be adopted by Parliament before adopting the 2013 Finance bill so that the workers’ proposals could be taken into account in this year’s state budget.
“Without any delay, the 2013 Finance bill was adopted on Dec. 29, but neither the government nor Parliamnent gave any explanation on the failure to adopt the Public Service bill,” the trade union leaders said.
In the past few days, the leaders of the six trade unions in the public service have been expressing their disappointment and have been urging workers in the public service “to prepare to take part in the biggest strike which has never been witnessed before in the history of Togo’s public service.”
The expected strike will mobilize about 50,000 workers of the Togolese public service who will be protesting against the current low levels of salaries for the workers and poor working conditions in the Togolese public service.
The various trade unions organized press conferences and sent out press statements to urge the government to take measures to avert the planned work stoppage by the workers.