A group of hospitality students at the University of The Gambia (UTG) have launched a campaign for better pay in Gambian hotels, bars and restaurants.
According to the leader of the group, Sheriff Touray: “Majority of the People working in the tourism sector are afraid to speak out for them because of fear of losing their jobs and it’s plainly clear that it's only through a collaborative approach that those silence voices could be heard.”
He said they want meaningful engagement with the authorities to end the exploitation in the sector they are hoping to join upon completion of their studies at the UTG.
“We wish to engage the authorities through meetings. We would be writing to both the minister of culture and tourism and the minister of trade, industries and employment to seek an audience.”
Sheriff disclosed hotel workers and their colleagues at bars and restaurants are among the lowest paid workers in the country.
“Most of them earn between D1500 to D2000 monthly. And guess what? They are well skilled and able in their areas of operations. They work so very hard to satisfy their customers.”