Leaders of the National Union of Guinean Workers (UNTG) have launched on Tuesday, May 14, a nationwide general strike expected to last until Thursday, May 16. The unions are demanding an increase in the minimum wage for civil servants, as well as an increase to the pension fund for retired workers. Associated protests by striking workers are possible, particularly in the capital Bissau; however, no demonstrations have been announced as of Wednesday, May 15. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated around all potential protests. Union leaders have threatened to carry out further industrial actions if their demands are not met.
Civil servants conducted a related three-days strike on May 7-9, calling for salary increases among other demands. According to the unions, the August 2018 raise is not sufficient enough to cover the increasing cost of living in the country.
Individuals in Guinea-Bissau, particularly the capital Bissau, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all demonstrations and protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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