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Burundi Statistics Office Workers Threaten to Strike Over Pay

Employees at the Burundi Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies plan to go on strike after not being paid for two months, said Jean-Marie Nkeshimana, president of the Free Union of Isteebu Personnel.

Staff at the state-run institute, which publishes economic statistics including monthly inflation data, haven’t received a salary since December, Nkeshimana said in a phone interview today from Bujumbura, the capital. He didn’t say when the strike would begin.

“If we are not paid like all other civil servants, we will strike because no one can ever agree to work without being paid,” he said. The government is expected to respond to the labor union’s demands in the “coming days,” he said.

The Finance Ministry suspended all salaries last month while it calculated new salaries for a group of workers at the institute who had demanded a pay increase, Nkeshimana said.

Finance Ministry spokesman Joseph Ndayikeza said he couldn’t immediately comment when contacted today in Bujumbura.

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