Just a few months after government workers went on strike in Chad, the government confirmed its intention to amend the law on striking and industrial action. The changes include propositions whereby public servants are no longer paid on non-working days.
Trade unions in the country are demanding payment of wage arrears and the non-reduction of allowances for civil servants who are opposed to this decision.
The Chadian government has maintained a strict stance, saying that from January, any striking worker will not be paid.
Trade unions have said they intend to petition against the bill which they described as draconian. The bill must however first be approved by the Parliament before its implementation. Despite the establishment of minimum service in critical areas such as health in Chad, the government seems to have chosen a tougher option.