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Work conditions in Togo

The Active Population in Figures

201820192020
Labour Force 2,728,7722,804,4872,817,026

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
201720182019
Total activity rate 58.76%58.63%58.49%
Men activity rate 61.42%61.06%60.65%
Women activity rate 56.14%56.24%56.35%

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 

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Working Conditions

Legal Weekly Duration
The legal employment’s duration is forty hours per week.
A rest day per week is mandatory (generally on Sunday), and it has to consist of at least 24 consecutive hours.
The hours of work between the 41st and 48th hour/week are paid with a 20% increase, those between the 48th hour/week with a 40% increase (art. 32 of the Collective Inter-Professional Convention of 2011).
Retirement Age
Age 60 (55 if prematurely aged or in the case of early pension) with at least 15 years of coverage.
Working Contracts
According to art. 36 of the Labour Code of 2006, working contracts can be either in writing or oral.
Determined time contracts must be in written, as well as working contracts for foreigners.

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Cost of Labour

Minimum Wage
In 2019, the minimum wage was 35,000 XOF according to the ILO (latest data available).
Average Wage
Salaries in Togo differ drastically between different jobs. Visit VotreSalaire.org to consult the average wages for the type of profession (in French).
Social Contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers: 17.5%
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees: 4%

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Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
Title II of the Togolese Labour Code of 2006 (art. 6-17) stipulates that workers have the freedom to form and join unions. Unions can sign collective agreements and workers have the freedom to strike (art. 39 of the constitution).
According to Freedom House, the Togolese government generally protects union rights, except for the export-processing zone, where unions have fewer legal protections.
Unions
National Union of Independent Unions (Union Nationale des Syndicats Indépendants du Togo - UNSIT)
Confederation of the Workers' Unions of Togo (Confédération syndicale des travailleurs du Togo - CSTT)
Unionisation Rate
No reliable figures are available.
Labour Regulation Bodies
Ministry of Labour

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