Mozambique: Salary increases approved by general agreement

21 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 April – The Workers Consulting Commission (CCT), which includes the unions, the government and employers, agreed Monday in Maputo to increases in the minimum wage of between five and 42 percent in eight out of nine sectors.

According to Noticias newspaper of Maputo, the public service proposal, which also encompasses defence and security, was not discussed because representatives of those workers and the Government had not yet managed to meet.

Therefore, the national minimum wage for the fisheries sector remained at 1,950 meticais (73 Euros), while the minimum wage for financial work will be 2,748 meticais (103 Euros).

The agreement approved Monday will be analysed today by the Government at the Council of Ministers session.

Currently the lowest salary in Mozambique is 1,315 meticais (49 Euros), applied to agriculture, livestock farming, hunting and forestry.

The CCT’s general secretary, Alcino Dias, told journalists that the industrial and semi-industrial fisheries sector should see a salary increase in the region of 8.2 percent, while for agriculture, flora, hunting and forestry, salaries should rise by 13 percent.

The mining industry sector sees an increase of 12 percent, while the transformation industry will increase workers’ salaries in this sector by 16.45percent.

Workers in the production and distribution of electricity, gas and water sector will earn 2,403 meticais (90 Euros), an increase of 12.5percent, while those in construction will see their salaries increase by 16 percent.

The biggest confederation of Mozambican unions had proposed increases in the region of 42 percent, and spokesperson for the Mozambique Workers Organization, Francisco Mazoio, said that “the key-sectors still had reduced minimum wages.” (macauhub)