The National Union of Benin Magistrates (UNAMAB) started an indefinite strike on Monday, January 8, after Parliament refused to meet their demands. Judiciary workers are calling for the government to revoke a law passed on December 28 that prohibits public sector employees from striking. According to media reports on Tuesday, January 9, the recently-imposed strike has led to a halt in many court activities. Associated demonstrations are possible in the coming days.
Judicial workers previously launched a 72-hour strike on January 2 against the law.
There has been mounting discontent among the Beninese population in recent months over the perceived poor management of the country by President Patrice Talon. Benin is currently facing a severe economic crisis, with unemployment at its highest point and purchasing power at its lowest in recent memory. Civil servant strikes and protests have become common in recent months.
Individuals in Benin are advised to monitor developments to the situation and avoid all protests, as violence may flare up without warning.