Trade Union Prexy: Drivers’ sit-down begins today

Sep 13, 2021, 2:12 PM | Article By: Sulayman Waan

Omar Ceesay, president of the Gambia Transport Union (GTU) has confirmed that the commercial drivers’ sit-down strike will commence today, 13 September 2021.

"We will start the strike tomorrow and we will continue until the government meets our demands," he told The Point yesterday.

It could be recalled that recently GTU made six demand points to improve the transport sector including provision of Car Parks for commercial vehicles across the country; Increment in Transport Fares of Commercial Vehicles; Reduction Fees of Commercial Drivers at the Senegambia Bridge; Authorities in Senegal to Respect the ECOWAS Protocols, Regulation of the Border crisis Between Gambia and Senegal and Introduce Queuing System at the Sea Ports on Goods in Transit.

The Transport Union under Omar Ceesay has been negotiating with the government through the Ministries of Trade, Transport, the Gambia Ports Authority, and the Gambia Revenue Authority but failed to reach a consensus on all demands.

However, a lack of concession has triggered commercial drivers to embark on a sit-down strike starting from today.

Meanwhile, official sources told The Point that the government invites GTSC to provide more buses in the urban areas to help students taking exams today.

Government vehicles will join the crusade to help school children and students to go to schools, while taxi drivers who wish to work today could do so and would be protected.