Date : 06/07/2021 19:06
For the first time in Cameroon, social actors led by the Cameroon Employers Organisation (GICAM, ECAM and the Most Representative Trade Union Confederations amongst which; UGTC, CSTC,CSAC,USLC and ENTENT, have signed a Charter establishing the permanent framework of a bipartite social dialogue in Cameroon. This was during a ceremony on Tuesday 6th of July 2021, at Gicam’s headquarters in Bonanjo Douala.
With a view of maintaining a favourable economic and social climate for business growth and improving working conditions in a context where employers are faced with the challenges of a rapid transformation of the economy, the signing of this charter puts an end to a long process which started about ten years ago in Ouagadougou.
The terms of the document earlier discussed in a workshop on June 24th, 2021 still at the Gicam’s headquarters and presented by the president of the social Committee of Gicam Emilienne Biboum, lays emphasis on the necessity of reinforcing social dialogue between the employer and the employee following the Cameroon labour code. For this reason, it has been organised in a well-defined structure led at the national level by the National Parity Committee under which; ten representatives of the employer’s organisation and ten others for the trade organisation.
The Charter Establishing the permanent framework of bipartite social dialogue in Cameroon will therefore deal with; Social, hygiene and sanitary security for workers, the creation of jobs, the fight against harassment in workplaces, the fight against discrimination amongst others.
Signing for the workers side was UGTC, CSTC, CSAC, USLC and ENTENT.
Also present at the ceremony and playing an important role in the structure of the charter was Lassina Traoré, representative of the International Labour Office who joined his voice to that of Celestin Tawamba president of the Cameroon Employer’s Organisation to say the establishment of this Charter will contribute to the development of the country through enterprises, to the creation of jobs and will promote good working conditions.