Government, workers, and employers met last week to discuss ways to save jobs amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Economic governance
Monday, 13 July 2020 12:41
Government, workers, and employers met last week to discuss ways to save jobs amid the Covid-19 pandemic

(Togo First) - Last Thursday, representatives from the government, the national council of employers and the labor union met in Lomé, in the framework of the first meeting of the council’s ordinary session on social dialogue in Togo. 

Participants discussed among others; working conditions amidst the current health crisis, the focus of the economic restart, as well as of expectations and concerns of health and education workers. 

Regarding the issue of job preservation, the minister of public works and social protections, Gilbert Bawara, who was present at the session, said “permanent layoffs must be avoided at all costs” - an opinion shared by all other concerned actors. 

Instead, the top official added, “temporary layoffs should be the first option” of businesses experiencing economic difficulties as a result of the pandemic. This way, he emphasized, “contracts will not be terminated and working relations will be sustained.”  

In a survey published by the Togolese employers’ council, it was reported that the Covid-19 has caused over 92% of Togolese businesses to lose earnings (between February and March 2020). The same report reveals that 3 out of 10 businesses surveyed lost more than 75% of their earnings, while 6 out of 10 reported a 50% loss. 

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