Thursday, July 05, 2007

[Guinean news] Unions slam prime minister

Reuters reports that Guinean trade unions have launched a broadside against the country's consensus prime minister, whom they helped bring to power earlier this year, for failing to tackle the high cost of basic goods and utilities.

In a letter to head of government Lansana Kouyaté, the main CNTG and USTG union federations said, "You make public statements which you then do not respect. This is the case with water, electricity, transport, the price of basic foodstuffs at market and the valuation of the national currency."

This came after several protests in the Conakry suburbs about increasing cost of living.

Inflation in Guinea is estimated at around 30 percent.

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