The IRIN news service reports that life is slowly returning to normal in Guinea after a 'crippling' nine-day general strike. The work stoppage was arguably the most significant in the history of independent Guinea and resulted in at least 15 deaths as the authorities fired on protesters. The strike was called off last Friday when the government agreed to salary increases of up to 25 percent for bureaucrats and made significant concessions to teachers as well.
Ordinary citizens will benefit as well. Though the government would not budge on the price of fuel It did agree to lower the price of a 50-kilogramme bag of rice by 25,000 Guinean francs, or US $5, to 85,000 Guinean francs, or US $17.