Official Statement by the Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SOCOTU) Regarding Economic Conditions

The Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SOCOTU) has been closely monitoring the economic landscape and its impact on workers and citizens across the nation. Our recent analysis of the economy reveals a complex set of challenges and opportunities that warrant attention.

Economic indicators have demonstrated a mix of positive and concerning trends. While certain sectors have shown resilience and growth, others continue to grapple with issues such as unemployment, inflation, and resource allocation. SOCOTU recognizes the efforts made by the government and various stakeholders to stimulate economic progress, yet we emphasize the importance of sustained collaboration to address existing disparities.

In light of our commitment to safeguarding the rights and interests of Somali workers across all sectors, the Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SOCOTU) convened to assess and address the prevailing state of the economy in our nation. As the representative voice of the working class, we find it imperative to communicate our concerns, observations, and recommendations regarding the current economic conditions.

Economic Overview:

The Somali economy has encountered a series of challenges that have significantly impacted the livelihoods of workers and citizens alike. Pervasive issues such as unemployment, inflation, and income inequality continue to persist, placing undue burdens on our workforce and families.

In our assessment, the workforce has displayed commendable adaptability in the face of economic fluctuations. However, decent working conditions, fair wages, and job security remain critical concerns for SOCOTU. It is imperative that the government and private sector prioritize the well-being of employees, as a motivated and supported workforce is essential for overall economic advancement.

SOCOTU calls for transparent communication channels between authorities, businesses, and labor representatives to foster a comprehensive understanding of economic policies and their implications. A collective approach, guided by open dialogue, can lead to more informed decision-making and better outcomes for all segments of society.

Unemployment Crisis:

SOCOTU expresses deep concern over the escalating unemployment rates in the country. A lack of viable employment opportunities has left a substantial portion of our workforce without means to sustain their livelihoods. This crisis not only hampers the socio-economic development of the nation but also gives rise to social unrest and discouragement among our skilled professionals.

Inflationary Pressures:

The rapid rise in inflation has strained the purchasing power of Somali workers and their families. Basic commodities, essential services, and housing costs have surged to levels that are unmanageable for a significant portion of the population. This situation threatens the very essence of decent living conditions for workers and exacerbates the existing disparities in our society.

Income Inequality:

Income inequality remains a deeply troubling issue. The gap between the highest and lowest income earners continues to widen, underscoring the need for comprehensive policies that ensure fair wages, just labor practices, and inclusive economic growth. SOCOTU advocates for measures that prioritize the welfare of the working class and provide equal opportunities for all.


Job Creation: We urge the government and private sector to collaborate in generating sustainable employment opportunities across various sectors. This requires investments in key industries, skill development programs, and support for entrepreneurship.

Inflation Control: It is essential to implement strategies that curb inflation and stabilize prices. This involves prudent fiscal and monetary policies that address supply chain disruptions and prevent further erosion of purchasing power.

Social Safety Nets: We call upon the government to establish robust social safety nets that protect vulnerable segments of the population from the adverse impacts of economic shocks. These safety nets should encompass healthcare, education, and assistance programs for those in need.

Fair Wages and Labor Rights: SOCOTU emphasizes the importance of fair wages and the protection of labor rights. Enforcing minimum wage standards, safeguarding against unfair labor practices, and promoting collective bargaining are crucial steps toward creating a more equitable workforce.

Education and Skill Development: Investing in education and skill development is paramount to nurturing a skilled workforce capable of driving economic growth. Vocational training and retraining initiatives should be prioritized to equip workers with the skills demanded by evolving industries.

SOCOTU stands committed to collaborating with all stakeholders, including the government, private sector, and civil society, to address the aforementioned challenges and to build a more inclusive and prosperous economy for all Somali citizens.

We urge all concerned parties to take these recommendations seriously and work towards tangible solutions that alleviate the hardships faced by workers and contribute to the overall development of our nation.

Kind Regards,

Mohamed O. Haji Ali

President, Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SOCOTU)

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