Workers launch indefinite strike at Guinea port

Workers at Conakry’s container port, managed by French group Bollore, launched an indefinite strike Friday, demanding better working conditions after month of failed negotiations.

Some 400 employees barricaded the entrance gates, chasing away African and European expatriate workers who did now want to take part in the strike. Trucks waiting to load containers were also ordered to leave.

“After months of negotiations with management for better living and working conditions, we decided to launch this movement, until our demands are met,” said Ibrahima Camara, one of the port union leaders.

A memorandum was handed to Bollore on March 29 — after the company took over from previous port manager Getma — in which workers demanded job security, recognition of seniority, the maintenance of 100 percent social cover and upgrading of special bonuses.

Sory Camara, director general of the Conakry Port, said he regretted the situation which had “no purpose”, adding the strikers had dropped out of negotiations and urging them to solve their grievances thorugh legal channels.

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