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Sudan agrees to raise civil servant salaries

Prime Minister Moutaz Mousa Abdallah and the new Sudanese ministers take the oath of office at the presidential palace in the capital of Khartoum on September 15 2018. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Moutaz Mousa Abdallah and the new Sudanese ministers take the oath of office at the presidential palace in the capital of Khartoum on September 15 2018. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sudanese Workers’ Trade Union Federation (SWTUF) reached an agreement with Prime Minister Motazz Moussa that salaries in government jobs will increase by 500 Sudanese pounds ($10.50) for the lowest grade jobs, and by 2,500 Sudanese pounds ($52.50) for higher earners, the state-run news agency SUNA reported.

SWTUF head Yousef Abdel Karim said he had a meeting with the prime minister yesterday to tackle the issue of employees who lost their jobs, such as the Sudan Airways staff who have not received their dues yet, according to SUNA.

The prime minister promised that dues would be paid to former employees immediately.

SWTUF will work toward funding projects that would be owned by workers to provide them with an additional source of income, the organisation said.

Inflation in Sudan skyrocketed to 68.64 per cent in September. It later dropped to 68.64 in October, leaving workers grappling with high living costs. The problem began in January when government subsidies were slashed causing food prices to rise by 50 per cent.

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