President Talon and the social partners agree

Smig will increase by 30% in Benin. The three most representative unions, employers and the government have reached an agreement, at the end of a meeting chaired by Beninese’s head of state on Tuesday, April 26. Traces have been found on the wage increase. But Patrice Talon wants to put some of the resources into hiring young people.

as reported from Cotonou, Jean-Luc Aplogan

Guaranteed Minimum Interprofessional Salary, which has not changed since 2014, will increase from 40,000 to 52,000 FCFA. It increases by 30%, a rate adopted by consensus of all parties. This increase is accompanied by an obligation for employers to take out health insurance for their low-income earners from 1 January 2023.

The topic of the rise of Smig is therefore resolved, the date of its entry into force is not yet known. According to the government’s forecasts, this will take effect before the end of the current year.

The salary increase chapter has not been completed, but the general principles have been defined. Two levels of increase are planned. First level: bearing of the index point. Second level: an increase per category, to give more to low-income earners than to high-income earners. An envelope, the amount of which has not been announced, will be used to honor his actions.

Discussions will continue with the ministers within the government-union consultation commission for completion. This time it will be without Patrice Talon.

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