Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa. (Cameroon News) – The Minister of Labor and Social Security has called on workers of the public sector to be patient and serene saying that the government is doing everything possible to offer civil servants appropriate working conditions.
Mr. Grégoire will now be speaking today as he presided over the second phase of discussions between the government and the Trade Union Confederation of Public Service Sector.
When the Minister of Labor and Social Security opened the discussion with the Trade Union of Public Service Workers this Tuesday in Yaoundé, six main points among which the adoption of a specific trade unions law, the harmonization of the retirement age to 60 years and the increase of the minimum pay package were top on the agenda.
With the collaboration of the Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reforms Grégoire Owona indicated that the drafting of a law that will regulate the functioning of trade unions in Cameroon is in progress.
The Trade Union Confederation of the Public Service Sector and other social partners were given first drafts of the law with a 30-day deadline to come out with concrete proposals concerning the harmonization of the retirement age to 60 years and the increase of the minimum pay package and family allowances.
The minister said feasibility studies and financial effort were going on but it could be too early to put forward end results.
Speaking on behalf of trade unions, Mr. Jean Bikoko, President of the confederation expressed their worries and impatience about this law implementation of the new measures that will give civil servants better working conditions and observe that their demands were not really taken into consideration.
Minister Grégoire will now call on all trade unions to be patient and serene saying the government is working on all the projects to find long-lasting solutions.