Teachers' unions are calling for a nationwide strike to be held from Monday, April 15, to Friday, May 17, as part of an ongoing effort to negotiate for better working conditions and higher pay. Related demonstrations, as well as associated traffic disruptions, are possible in Bamako and other urban centers over the coming days. A heightened security presence should be expected surrounding protest sites, and clashes between security forces and demonstrators cannot be ruled out.
This strike follows several failed attempts by unions to reach an agreement with the government regarding wages and working conditions. Thousands of teachers have participated in nationwide strikes since early March 2019, and civil servants have launched a series of significant strikes since early 2018.
The most recent demonstration by teachers took place on April 11 amid a particularly tense political climate as it followed mass protests in Bamako on April 5.
Individuals in Mali are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
The security environment in Mali remains complex, particularly in the north and central regions. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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