3 Jan 2012

Senegalese drivers strike - about everything

Dakar, Senegal
Thousands of residents in Senegal's capital city found themselves stranded yesterday as bus and taxi drivers began a two-day strike, leaving some to turn to horse-drawn carts to get around. "The call to strike is being followed by 98 percent (of workers) around the country," said Aliou Soum of the National Union of Road Transport Workers which called the strike.
He added drivers were protesting "the high price of fuel, the cost of insurance, police harassment and a lack of social protection" from their employers, among others.
The strike was launched on the eve of an ministerial meeting on transport. "If tomorrow's (Tuesday) meeting satisfies our demands, we will lift the strike, otherwise we will return to protesting, but for an unlimited strike," said Soum.

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