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Cablegate: Customs Bureau Strike Resolved - for Now

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UNCLAS KINSHASA 001981

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ELAB ECON ETRD EWWT PGOV CG
SUBJECT: CUSTOMS BUREAU STRIKE RESOLVED - FOR NOW

REF: KINSHASA 1875

1. OFIDA (Customs) employees returned to work on October 11
after the government met some of their demands. The GDRC has
promised to double the bonuses paid to the workers at the end
of the month and to consider a salary increase in the 2005
budget.

2. Comment. It remains to be seen if the government will
keep its promises. OFIDA is supposed to receive 5 percent of
the revenues it collects in an incentive scheme. These funds
have not been remitted, and they will be needed to finance
the increased bonus payments. End comment.
MEECE

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