Wednesday, September 10, 2008

[Guinean news] Health care workers on strike; protests against power cuts

Yesterday, health care workers in Conakry went on strike for a second day, virtually paralyzing medical services in the capital. They are holding out for the payment of salary arrears, a pay increase and promotions. An audio report on Radio France Internationale interviewed doctors who also complained about poor working conditions and lack of medicine and supplies that makes it difficult to practice their profession.

Additionally on Monday, residents of Conakry's suburbs took to the streets to protest against frequent power cuts. Youths took to the streets and torched tires to protest against the state electricity company EDG, which has so far failed to replace a transformer that blew two months ago.

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