Benin’s government and representatives of trade unions in the country will soon sign a National Social Dialogue Charter to end persistent strikes, the country’s High Commissioner for Collaborative Governance Moise Mensah said Tuesday.

Benin“The signing of this National Social Dialogue Charter will in the short term help to restore a peaceful environment which is essential for Benin’s economic and social progress,” he said.

Speaking in Cotonou during the opening of a national forum on social dialogue, Mensah said the charter will promote collective bargaining between trade unions and the Beninese government.

“It will take into account Benin’s past experiences, the experiences of other West African countries as well as the lessons learnt from various meetings that resulted in the formation of the Labour and Social Dialogue Council of the West African Economic and Monetary Union in 2009,” he explained.

Since 2012, Benin has been hit by successive and multi-sectoral strikes that have affected several public sectors such as the judiciary, health, finance and education. Enditem


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