University strike ends after four months

A four-month strike at Congo's sole public university ended last week with staff resuming work after being paid arrears for three months and agreeing to further negotiations over unpaid wages, reports AFP.

"In the interest of the nation ... work is resuming on Monday 8 January," a statement by the union of teaching and administrative staff sent to AFP said. Unions began the strike in September to demand the payment of quarterly subsidies totalling CFA1.2 billion (US$2.2 million). They also sought the payment of salary arrears.

Congo is going through an economic crisis due to falling prices of oil, its main export, and is in bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund. Indebtedness amounts to 117% of gross domestic product.
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