Public Servants threaten strikeUnions representing Public Servants in Togo have banded together and threatened to paralyse operations in the government sector after Parliament failed to pass a new Public Service Bill.
The proposed Bill was introduced last month with the aim of replacing the laws governing public sector wages and conditions that had been in operation since 1968.
Union leaders said the Bill was supposed to be adopted by Parliament before adopting the Finance Bill 2013 so the workers’ proposals could be taken into account in the next budget.
“Without any delay, the Finance Bill 2013 was adopted on 29 December, but neither the Government nor Parliament gave any explanation on the failure to adopt the Public Service Bill,” union leaders said in a joint statement.
The leaders of six trade unions representing the government sector said the passing of the Finance Bill 2013 had prompted them to speak out together in protest and urged all workers “to prepare to take part in the biggest strike which has never been witnessed before in the history of Togo’s Public Service”.
They said they expected 50,000 workers to support the strike and actively protest against the low wages and poor working conditions imposed upon Togolese Public Servants.
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