On Wednesday, July 5, customs officers launched an indefinite nationwide strike to protest the non-payment of salaries that they claim have been due since 2013. The strike follows six months of unsuccessful negotiations with the Ministry of Finance and Budget. Malagasy entrepreneurs and industrialists, who are being directly impacted, are calling on both sides to quickly find a solution to the issue. While the government affirms that all custom offices remain open, the customs officer union announced that all employees are following the strike.
Individuals are advised to monitor developments to the situation and to avoid all demonstrations as violence cannot be ruled out.