Panafrican News Agency

Ivorian government and unions sign social truce

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The prime minister of Côte d'Ivoire, Patrick Achi, on Monday in Abidjan, presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the social truce between the government and the central trade unions of the civil service for the period 2022-2027, an official source said.

Through this MOU, the government undertakes to satisfy a certain number of demands of the unions and they, in return, undertake to refrain from any strike movements during this period, the Ivorian government said in a statement.

The Minister of Public Service, Anne Désirée Ouloto, represented the government for the signing of the document, while the eight leaders of the trade unions represented all civil servants and state employees.

The signing of this new social truce once again embodies the country's peaceful coming together to build a collective destiny of progress for the nation.

"The happy outcome of our discussions authorizes us, all of us, to believe ever more strongly in the potential and destiny of our country, in the capacity of our daughters and sons to build, in a perfect burst of hard work and ardour, a great Côte d'Ivoire in solidarity, at the service of all, for the progress of all, for the pride of all," the prime minister stated.

According to the Head of Government, this memorandum of understanding, which will require a financial effort of 1,100 billion CFAF from the State, reflects the firm determination of the President of the Republic, Alassane Ouattara, to continue, in stability, the construction of a nation of progress, prosperity and solidarity.

Achi assured the unions that the search for solutions to the concerns of civil servants and state agents would continue to occupy the head of state and the government.

In return, he told the trade unions and civil servants that the government expected from them "a constant and absolute commitment to fully respect the social truce agreed upon, for the social stability of the country and therefore the acceleration of its economic dynamics".

They are also expected to commit themselves fully to the permanent improvement of the performance of the public administration to "offer an ever more efficient service to our citizens as well as to our businesses, which will enable Côte d'Ivoire to accelerate its development".

Ouloto took the opportunity to pay a vibrant tribute to the president of the Republic for his wonderful leadership and above all for the attentive ear he pays to the concerns of his fellow citizens, in general, and to those of civil servants and state employees, in particular, for whom he does not skimp on resources.

This new social truce, the second of its kind, comes after the first one concluded on 17 June 2017 to end on 17 June 2022.

The implementation of the commitments and demands of the 2017-2022 social truce has resulted in cumulative expenditure for the State estimated at 357.387 billion CFAF.

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