Togo: Minimum wage raised after staying unchanged for 10 years

Wednesday, 04 January 2023 12:37
Togo: Minimum wage raised after staying unchanged for 10 years

(Togo First) - The Togolese government and its social partners (central trade unions and professional employers' organizations) recently agreed to raise the country’s minimum wage to CFA52,500 from CFA35,000 (since 2012). 

Announced last Friday, the change came into effect on January 1, 2023.

In his end-of-year address to the Nation, President Faure Gnassingbé welcomed the change saying: "I would like to congratulate the social partners who were able to reach an agreement to raise the guaranteed minimum wage."

Besides raising the minimum wage, the social actors committed to keeping working "together for the continuous improvement of the overall working conditions of employees, and particularly the purchasing power of workers and households.”

The increase is the latest of a battery of social measures that the government has undertaken in recent months, to mitigate the impact of high living costs and rising inflation on the Togolese economy. 

While the decision to raise the minimum standard is a major improvement, implementing it, in all socio-professional strata, the informal sector especially, is another issue.

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