Salaries in Mozambique do not cover basic needs, union leader says

3 October 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 03 Oct – The president of the union organization, Organização dos Trabalhadores de Moçambique – Central Sindical (OTM-CS), Amos Matsinhe, said in Maputo last week that the salary paid to the majority of workers is not even enough for basic needs.

Speaking at a press conference to announce the program for the commemorations of the 30th anniversary of the organization, Matsinhe, cited by Mozambican news agency AIM admitted that the OTM had to organize itself better in order to increase its capacity for speaking up for workers.

He said that his organization was paying particular attention to the revision of the Labor Law and increased unemployment due to the closure or restructuring of some companies.

The changes to the Labor Law are currently undergoing three-way negotiations between the government, employers and unions and the parties have yet to reach agreement on a point that is considered essential which is what monetary compensation to be offered to worker when his job is considered redundant.

Matsinhe also warned of the serious problem of some companies not making social security payments on behalf of their workers, despite discounting the amounts from the workers’ paychecks.

Statistics show that in 2004 there were 16,384 companies that should have been contributing ot the social security system but that only 8,402 were up to date on payments and that of the 542,582 workers registered in the system, only 163,582 were eligible for benefits. (macauhub)

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