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Sudanese president officially signs off on increasing minimum wage

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October 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir issued a decree to implement a unified structure of remuneration for the year 2013 and approved raising the minimum wage to 425 pounds ($96.59 according to official exchange rate) which becomes effective retroactively as of January 2013.

FILE - A Sudanese man shows off the new currency in front of Central Bank of Sudan, in the capital Khartoum on August 27, 2011, several weeks after Sudan launched the new Sudanese pound (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The decision excludes judges, advisers to the Ministry of Justice as well as public sector banks .

The minimum wage in Sudan was 165 pounds but the Sudanese government announced several months ago that it will supplement it by adding 200 pounds as part of what is better known as the "presidential grant".

But many sections of the government claimed that the extra 200 pounds were never received by their employees.

The face of the presidential decision and the Ministry of Finance to schedule workers dues since January 2013.

The timing of the decree coincides with one of the worst protests Sudan has witnessed in years over the government’s move this week to lift fuel subsidies which almost doubled their prices.

A gallon of gasoline now costs 21 Sudanese pounds ($4.77 based on official exchange rate) compared to 12.5 pounds ($2.84).

Diesel also went from 8 pounds ($1.81) a gallon to 14 pounds ($3.18).

Cooking gas cylinders are now are priced at 25 pounds ($5.68) from 15 pounds ($3.40).

Khartoum has long pushed back against labor unions demand for hiking minimum wage saying that it will fuel inflation making its impact on people’s livelihood nil.

Sudan lost 75% of its oil reserves after the southern part of the country became an independent nation in July 2011 denying the north billions of dollars in revenues. Oil revenue constituted more than half of the Sudan’s revenue and 90% of its exports.

(ST)

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  • 4 October 2013 15:49, by zulu

    Things have begun to fall apart for el Beshit. Nimeiry, the first dictator did exactly that to buy silence, but did not last. the economy went worst. one $US was 3 pounds, then became 8 pounds, then even more.
    Things are still good in South Sudan.

    • 4 October 2013 19:14, by Northern Sudanese

      of course, with more than halve people depend on UN for food, highest illiteracy rate, per capita fallen to below $400 , over 90% in poverty , looming crisis , 98% of economy about to get cut.... I could go on.... and still south sudan is great right?
      its funny how you mention black market rate 8 pounds while ignoring the official rate which is 4.4 pound. its still great compared to most of the

      • 4 October 2013 19:16, by Northern Sudanese

        continent. exchange rates don’t determine how good an economy is, just look across Egyptian pound is weaker than Sudanese pound yet egypt has a bigger per capita and far larger economy.
        south sudan might have a good rate (until now) but this will not bring food on the table. 97% of you people live in huts called tukus anyway....

  • 4 October 2013 19:17, by Northern Sudanese

    Its a good thing to increase the minimum wage

  • 4 October 2013 21:25, by zulu

    Well. let’s see how pejorative the symmetry will be given when south seceded, with the 97% illeracy, hut or mud houses with looming dust, desert, heat, population all the sum up the indexes of the nadir.
    97% of illeracy enjoying the 98% of the economy compared to 97% of literacy scrumbling for 2% of resources. Who is better off? who is trapped here, ha?

    • 4 October 2013 21:52, by Northern Sudanese

      whaaaat???? you don’t make any sense here nigger.....
      nigger you left leaving a $4 billion gap which we covered $2.5 of and the rest to be covered by transit fees. so the gap fully recovers in 2015 so nothing changed. only more money and less people (30 million this time, not 40)
      you are 72% illiterate , over 90% in poverty and 97% living in huts. with 98% of economy to be cut and hunger

      • 4 October 2013 21:54, by Northern Sudanese

        oh and your per capita fell to below $900 making you now among the top 10 poorest even poorer than Togo whose per capita is above $1,000
        so yes, we are better of and you are fucked without us in that landlocked shithole with no major development that took place since we set you free in 2011



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