The Chadian government has decided to suspend a controversial cut in the salaries of civil servants announced in early January and which was at the centre of negotiations with trade unions.
Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké said Chad, which has been facing a severe economic and social crisis since 2014, mainly due to the fall in oil prices, announced at the beginning of January its intention to reduce its wage bill.
The announcement led to an outcry within the unions and political parties. Negotiations had been ongoing between the government and the unions.
President of the Union of Trade Unions of Chad Michel Barka, said it is good thing that the government hears the voice of workers.
These austerity measures were designed to achieve the level of performance demanded by the International Monetary Fund, IMF, which, along with several promises of investment by private actors, adopted an aid plan for Chad.