Sunday, January 17, 2016

Family allowance: Stakeholders advocate for 55 per cent increase

The National Labour Consultative Committee has proposed a 55 per cent increase in family allowance, a move from 1800 CFA Francs to 2800 CFA Francs.

Following the Head of State’s speech on 31st December 2015 to increase family allowances, the committee met in Yaounde on 14th January 2016, to decide the new value.

After much debating by the Minister of Finance, Alamine Ousmane Mey and the General Manager of the National Social Insurance Fund (CNPS), Alain Olivier Noel Mekulu Mvondo, the labour union leaders were all agreed on a 1000 CFA Francs increment which they had initially considered small.

The Committee Chair and Minister of Labour and Social Security, Gregoire Owona indicated that the proposal will be given to the Prime Minister and later forwarded to the Head of State, H.E. Paul Biya.
The National Labour Consultative Committee also suggested that the next increment should not tarry as was the case with the last rate of 1800 CFA Francs which was decided as far back as 2nd August 1985.

 Minister Gregoire Owona assured the committee members that Government will put in much effort to meet up with their labour demands.

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