Angolan government raises minimum wage by 10 pct to US$55

4 May 2006

Luanda, Angola, 04 May – The Angolan government approved Wednesday an increase of the national minimum wage by 10 percent to US$55 per month, having decided to increase public workers’ salaries by 6.75 percent.

A statement issued after a Cabinet Meeting said that the increase in the national minimum wage, which currently stands at US$50, was the result of a decision taken by the National Council for Social Cohesion.

An increase of the minimum wage had been called for for some time by Angola’s three union associations, who had called for a much higher increase than has been granted by the government.

In relation to the 6.75 percent increase in the salaries of public workers, the statement said that 5 percent was to account for inflation and the remaining 1.75 percent related to half the difference between accumulated inflation and inflation expected this year. (macauhub)