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Region One teachers threaten to strike over unpaid allowances
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Region One teachers threaten to strike over unpaid allowances

Teachers in Region One have threatened to embark on a strike if they are not paid the COVID-19 allowances that the government promised them.

Speaking to What's On-Gambia, one of the affected teachers, Mr. Kinteh disclosed: "I am a teacher teaching at an upper basic school and I am among the teachers who still did not receive their COVID-19 allowances. We were teaching students on Saturdays and they promised to compensate us."

He continued: " We have created a task force and are ready to embark on sit-down strike if the ministry does not give us our money."

According to a memo seen by What's On-Gambia, the senior programme officer of the Gambia Teachers’ Union Pa Daniel Mendy wrote: "The Union has engaged the Permanent Secretay -MoBSE on the matter. The Permanent Secretay as a matter of urgency is set to engage the Secretary General and Heal of the Civil Service to address this situation."

He added: "The Union wishes to borrow time from the affected teachers until Wednesday, 2nd February 2022 to make the necessary follow-ups on the matter. During this time, the Union encourages members to exercise restraint and assures teachers of the commitment to address the matter soonest."

The teachers said it is not their intention to embark on a strike but the government seems not to care about the them or their welfare.

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