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Social Concertation Council approves minimum wage of 70 thousand kwanzas

The National Council for Social Coordination of Angola unanimously approved the proposal to increase the national minimum wage to 70 thousand kwanzas, announced the Secretary of State for Labor.


Pedro Filipe, who was speaking to Public Television at the end of a meeting of this body that took place in Luanda, said that the councilors were unanimous in recommending the adoption of the minimum wage model that resulted from negotiations between the Government and the trade unions.

"But here we have a perspective of evolution in two years, companies that already make 70 thousand kwanzas should have 12 months to adjust and others, without this capacity, should have two years to get there", explained the government official.

The document with the decision of the consultation and consultation body must now be sent to President João Lourenço for approval and publication in the Diário da República.

According to Pedro Filipe, representatives of the President's consultative body, as holder of executive power, were also informed that more than 45,000 public servants already benefit from rent, installation and isolation subsidies.

In this session, the councilors also assessed the degree of implementation of the Roadmap for the Implementation of the New Public Administration Remuneration Architecture (RINAR), namely the process to increase civil service salaries by 5 percent in force since last January.

Another component analyzed, in light of RINAR, was the salary supplement of over 30 thousand kwanzas, approved last April by the Angolan President, and which is already starting to be processed in the June salary, as assured by Pedro Filipe.

"The measure that doubled the remuneration of university teachers and researchers and adjusted the salaries of military doctors and nurses and health technicians under the military regime will also begin to be implemented this month of June", highlighted the Angolan Secretary of State.

The Government and unions reached an agreement at the end of May on the national minimum wage and public service salary updates, which led to the call for a third phase of a general strike.

In the agreement reached, the parties committed that the salary review of the entire public service will take place over three years, with effect from January 2025, with an increase of 25 percent, foreseeing negotiations on September 30th of each year to subsequent increases.

Regarding the update of the national minimum wage, they immediately decided to increase it to 70 thousand kwanzas, almost double the current 32 thousand kwanzas, which should evolve to 100 thousand kwanzas, as demanded by the unions, within a period of two years after its fixed in 2024.

They also agreed on the "immediate" implementation of insulation (30 percent), installation (50 percent) and housing rent (30 percent) subsidies for employees working in remote areas.

An increase in the breastfeeding allowance to 300 percent, the funeral allowance by 300 percent and the family allowance by 150 percent are also included in the compromise between unions and the Government.


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