Parliament unanimously adopts new labor code

Economic governance
Thursday, 31 December 2020 15:47
Parliament unanimously adopts new labor code

(Togo First) - In Togo, a new labor code was unanimously adopted by the parliament on December 29, 2020. 

The document, which contains 378 articles, replaces a text in use since 2006. Among others, it aims to “make clearer major regulations in this area (labor), while fostering more investments.”

The adoption of the new regulation embodies a need to achieve balance between the protection of workers’ interests across existing socio-professional categories, and the interests of employers and investors. 

The new text, said Togo’s Minister of Civil Service, Gilbert Bawara, is aimed at ensuring a “judicious balance between the aspirations and expectations of workers and also the needs of companies and employers.”

In effect, the labor code will help establish better working conditions, improve social and environmental standards, better handle overtime, and boost mechanisms aimed at preventing and solving work-related conflicts. It is also expected that regulation related to temporary unemployment and layoffs (for economic reasons) will be improved. 

The adoption, it should be emphasized, concretizes the government’s ambition to have more business-friendly labor rights, as it told Togo First a few months ago, in line with reforms introduced to improve business climate. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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