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Coco Ocean Resort and Spa accused of exploiting Gambian workers
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Coco Ocean Resort and Spa accused of exploiting Gambian workers

Coco Ocean Resort and Spa has been accused of ruthlessly exploiting its Gambian workers.

Swedish-Gambian social activist, Benny Ek-Williamsson, who recent visited the hotel resort, revealed many Gambian workers receive a monthly salary of less than D2000.

“This is nothing more than economical slavery!! This has to stop and the minister has to see to it that policies are made that will defend the workers. The workers also need to organize, create unions, address the government responsible and fight for better salaries and contracts,” he said in a Facebook post that generated a lot of comments and likes.

Located in Bijilo, Coco Ocean Resort and Spa is widely believed to be the most expensive hotel in The Gambia and some of its former guests include heads of states and world-renowned musicians.

Benny appealed to Gambians to come together and fight against the ‘modern slavery’ at the hotel resort, where Gambians work as waiters, housekeepers, gardeners and cleaners.

“We all have to take our responsibility and demand better working conditions and salaries for our brothers and sisters.”

Commenting on his post, the program officer of the Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO), Madi Jobarteh wrote: “The salary scale in the private sector is very scandalous and it must change. The inequality and discrimination prevalent in this sector must be confronted head-on. All of us have a duty to change it.”

One Inger Anne Olsen disclosed the exploitation of Gambian workers is common in many hotels. She wrote: “I heard pool boys at a big hotel get D800 a month since they are supposed to get tips. International Labour Organization has to step in and help to fight the system.”

 

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