GAMTUB chairman speaks against ECOWAS sanction on Mali

Feb 15, 2022, 11:49 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Following the recent sanction by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Mali, Kebba Masanneh Ceesay, chairman of Gambia Trade Union Bureau (GAMTUB) and also the secretary general of the Gambia Labour Congress (GLC), has strictly spoke against the recent sanction by ECOWAS in Mali, calling it as “serious negative social impact” for the workers and their families especially in the current global health context of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Gambia Labour Congress is an affiliate and signatory of the founding Charter of the Organisation of African Trade Union created by the African Unity Organisation (OATUU) in 1972.

“We therefore expect that diplomatic engagement, embracing realistic dialogue for the wellbeing of the people of Mali to be pursued in order to avoid what could be a socio economic spill over in the sub region.”

“We call on His Excellency Adama Barrow, the President of the Republic of The Gambia to personally establish on a bilateral basis a diplomatic channel with our Malian Junta and the Civil Societies in Mali in order to bring a resolution to present a standoff.”

These sanctions include closure of the Malian Borders between ECOWAS member countries, suspension of all commercial activities between ECOWAS member countries, Freezing of all Malian Assets in Central Banks and Commercial organisation and suspension of Mali from all financial assistance from ECOWAS.