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Tanzania hikes minimum wage by almost 25%

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Tanzania’s president on Saturday approved a nearly 25% increase in the minimum wage, marking a departure from the policies of his autocratic predecessor amid protests over the high cost of living.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan decided to increase the salaries of government employees by 23.3% for the first time since 2016, his office said in a statement.

“The wage hike was approved keeping in view the country’s GDP, domestic revenue and growth in both local and global economies,” the President said.

Since coming to power last year following the death of his predecessor John Magufuli, Hassan has attempted to sabotage some of his policies by reaching out to the opposition on his approach to the coronavirus pandemic and reversing course, which he downplayed. .

Magufuli refused to review wages after his election in October 2015, pursuing ambitious infrastructure plans to develop ports and railways and revive the national airline, instead.

Tanzania’s economy slowed to 4.8% in 2020, rising to barely 4.9% the following year, as COVID-19 travel restrictions battered the tourism sector, a major earner in the East African country.

Meanwhile, fuel and food costs have soared as supplies hardened after the war in Ukraine.

During Labor Day celebrations on May 1, trade unions and civil servants led demonstrations in the Tanzanian capital Dodoma, with many holding placards saying: “We demand better wages and benefits for workers.”

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last year extended more than half a billion dollars in emergency financing to Tanzania, saying the country faced “immediate” health, economic and human costs due to the pandemic-induced recession.

Under Magufuli, whose adamant leadership style earned him the nickname “bulldozer”, Tanzania was an outlier in the global fight against the coronavirus and rejected the seriousness of the disease.

Magufuli shunned foreign-made vaccines in favor of the healing power of prayer and dismissed masks and testing as unnecessary.

Hassan has taken a different route, promoting measures to contain the spread of the virus and launching a coronavirus vaccination campaign in July.


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