Guinea-Bissau civil servants to have new salary scale starting in September

2 August 2018

The government of Guinea-Bissau will apply a new salary scale to civil servants from September, the Minister of Labour and Public Administration Fernando Gomes announced on Wednesday in Bissau.

The minister, who made the remarks after signing an agreement with the leaders of the National Union of Workers of Guinea-Bissau (UNTG), said that a few details will be corrected in the coming days by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Gomes said that workers receiving 29,000 CFA francs (47 euros) a month’s minimum wage would receive 50,000 CFA francs (76 euros), a 72.4% increase made possible “due to cuts made in the allowances of the representatives in the organs sovereignty.”

The government and trade union reached the agreement after many rounds of negotiation, following successive strikes called by the UNTG in the last three months and that partially brought Guinean public administration to a standstill.

UNTG Secretary-General Júlio Mendonça said he expected the government to comply with the document and announced the suspension of the ongoing civil service strike that was due to end next week.

Guinea-Bissau has more than 30,000 civil servants, according to the 2014 census, with the previous salary review taking place in 1994. (macauhub)