Unionized staff at Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville launched an indefinite strike on Friday, September 7. Workers are demanding the payment of outstanding wages and changes to the university’s admission process. Associated protest by the striking staff or students are possible in the coming days.
A nationwide strike by university staff took place from September 2017 until January 8, 2018, to demand the payment of wage arrears. The Republic of Congo is facing a massive debt crisis, with public debt reaching 117 percent of GDP. The government has struggled to pay salaries and entitlements since the collapse of oil prices in 2014.
Individuals in Brazzaville are advised to monitor the situation and avoid all protests as a precaution.
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