Ghana’s government and trade unions have agreed to increase all public servants’ salaries by 30 percent for 2023 as the country struggles to reduce debt and tackle rampant inflation.

Trade unions representing public service employees started negotiating salary rises with government in November, a few months after hardship spurred street protests that pushed Ghana to seek help from International Monetary Fund

The West African gold, oil and cocoa producer, once described as Africa’s shining star by World Bank, is battling in a generation.

Ghana’s government announced sweeping spending cuts in March, including a lowering of ministers’ salaries, to reduce the deficit, contain inflation and slow the cedi’s slide.