Cameroon workers forum demand SMIG augmentation to XAF 100,000

By Charity Ngingyu

The Cameroon Workers Forum(CAWOF), an embodiment of various workers’ unions in Cameroon has called on the government to augment the Minimum Salary wage to 100,000 FCFA.

They made the call while reacting to the government’s recent decision to increase the prices of fuel in the market. In a release on February 2, the government announced that the cost of petrol will surge from FCFA 730 to FCFA 840 starting from February 3, 2024.

In a communiqué signed on February 8, 2023, CAWOF noted with regret that the increases are in addition to the ‘tax constraints imposed by the 2024 finance law’.

Expounding on the reason for their outcry, they lamented that the measures to increase the prices of petrol taken ‘without, consultation, negotiations or consultation of the social partners,’ are imposed on workers without concomitant and adequate measures.

The Association went ahead to blame the hike in prices of petrol on the non-reconstruction of SONARA since the fire incident that devasted the oil com
pany in 2019.

In this light, they have demanded a ‘ minimum wage of 100,000 FCFA a month, 30% increase in public sector salaries and the immediate revision of salary scales within the framework of collective agreements… the revaluation of old age pensions up to 30% in all sectors and the harmonization of the calculation ceiling up to 01 million 100 thousand FCFA,’ the release partly read.

CAWOF has threatened to call on workers to mobilize for a general strike in case the government resorts to giving a deaf ear to their plight.

It should be recalled that on February 2023, the government of Cameroon increased the minimum wage of workers from 36.270 FCFA to 41.875FCFA. An amount deemed insignificant by CAWOF, considering the recent price readjustments.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Hike in fuel pump was inevitable-Biya emphasizes to youths

By Eratus Ndueh

Paul Biya in his traditional message to the youths on February 10, 2024 expressed his concern over the rising tensions which have been prevailing in the country, following the increase in fuel prices and regretted that it was unavoidable.

However, reassuring them on the requisite effort which has been taken by the government to maintain the adjustment at a reasonable level, the president said he was aware of the preoccupying impact that it could have on their living conditions.

But resolute in leveraging the burden on his compatriots, the head of state instructed the freezing of the prices of cooking gas and kerosene in order to capacitate household purchasing power.

‘You should know that this operation was inevitable, owing to the current budget constraints and our desire to avert shortages’ pronounced president Paul Biya.

Apart from the various support measures decided by the government, constructive discussions are ongoing between the Government and its social partners, that is believe
d will bring forth palpable solutions to deal with the ever growing preoccupations which is not only affecting young Cameroonians but the entire nation.

Also, constructive measures are being put in place to preserve the viability of the activities of the relevant sectors and the interests of users and consumers.

How to combat overspending on fuel

Fuel prices may be on the rise, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend more than your comfortable just to operate your vehicle. Let’s walk you through some measures to take in managing your finances effectively amidst price hikes.

Fix a budget for fuel: Allocate a specific portion of your monthly income to fuel expenses. Sticking to a dedicated amount not only promotes financial transparency but also prevents budgetary surprises. So if you’re going to set 10% aside for fuel money, do your best to avoid going beyond that.

Practice fuel-efficient driving habits: Modifying your driving behavior can help conserve fuel and contribute to a greener environment. For inst
ance, observe gradual acceleration, gradual braking, steady speeds, and proper vehicle maintenance.

Monitor fuel prices: Keeping an eye on fuel price trends and refueling during periods of lower costs can lead to substantial savings over time. Be sure to keep with up the local news for announcements of price hikes. Staying informed helps you time your fuel station visits accordingly.

Take advantage of discounts: Capitalizing on loyalty cards offered by major oil companies and their retail partners can provide valuable discounts and future fuel benefits.

Source: Cameroon News Agency