Pandemic leads to suspension of negotiations on minimum wages in Mozambique

17 April 2020

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, employers and employees in Mozambique decided to suspend tripartite negotiations to adjust national minimum wages by sectors of activity, due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country, the local press reported.

The announcement was made in Maputo, by the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Margarida Talapa, at a press conference attended by workers’ representatives, the Organisation of Workers of Mozambique – Trade Unions and the Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA), representing employers.

“The social partners meeting on 13 April 2020, assessed the situation and decided to suspend immediately the process of negotiations of the national minimum wages for this year,” said Talapa.

The minister said that the decision is the result of the state of emergency in force in the country since 30 May, which is both directly and indirectly affecting the economic sector and in particular the productive sector, which is why the decision is also intended to ensure jobs are kept.

“The Commission’s consultative work will have the responsibility, as soon as the situation returns to normal, to assess the conditions for a resumption of the wage negotiations for this year,” said Talapa. (macauhub)