The civil service workers' union, the National Union of Guinean Workers (UNTG), began a nationwide general strike on Monday, November 9, over poor work conditions and perceived government failure to adhere to previous agreements surrounding the issue. The strike action is planned to continue through Friday, November 13. The UNTG is the largest union center in the country and reports suggest that medical facilities have been affected.
Further disruptions to business services are likely during the strike period. Associated demonstrations are anticipated in the coming days and a heightened security presence in the vicinity of any demonstration should also be anticipated. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Those in Guinea-Bissau are advised to monitor the situation, avoid associated protests or demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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