Gambia’s Transport Minister Says “The Action Of The Protesting Drivers Is Very Confusing.”

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“It has come to the notice that some drivers are on strike as a result of transport fare reduction, which takes effect today, 21 August 2017.  This unfortunate move by these drivers, to some extent, is affecting service levels in certain routes in the country. The general public is hereby informed that the action of these drivers is rather confusing as there was extensive consultation among all the relevant stakeholders,” a press release issued by Gambia’s Transport, Works and Infrastructure Ministry reads. The statement was issued in the wake of Monday’s sit down strike spearheaded by The Gambia Transport Union.

“It is learned that some union leaders, who actively took part in the negotiations are in fact instigating the strike, and encouraging restriction of the movement of other drivers who are willing to serve the public.
We hereby reaffirm that there is no reason to turn back to the old tariffs,” said the press release.

All transport unions / associations and drivers said the government press release, are advised to by new tariffs.  “Therefore, we would like to call on all the relevant stakeholders especially the transports union and drivers to make this fare reduction a reality.  The government is committed in ensuring that the benefits of current pump price reductions fully trickle down to the general public,” the statement concluded.

Below is the full text of the press release

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It has come to the notice that some drivers are on strike as a result of transport fare reduction, which takes effect today, 21 August 2017.  This unfortunate move by these drivers, to some extent, is affecting service levels in certain routes in the country.
The general public is hereby informed that the action of these drivers is rather confusing as there was extensive consultation among all the relevant stakeholders, key among which are:
•       Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs
•       Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment
•       Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
•       The Gambia Competition and Consumer Protection Authority
•       The Gambia Agriculture, Food and Industrial Workers Union
•       The Gambia National Transport Control Association
•       The Gambia National Transport Union Congress
•       The Gambia Trade Union Congress

It is learned that some union leaders, who actively took part in the negotiations are in fact instigating the strike, and encouraging restriction of the movement of other drivers who are willing to serve the public.
We hereby reaffirm that there is no reason to turn back to the old tariffs.  All transport unions / associations and drivers are advised to by new tariffs.  Therefore, we would like to call on all the relevant stakeholders especially the transports union and drivers to make this fare reduction a reality.  The government is committed in ensuring that the benefits of current pump price reductions fully trickle down to the general public.

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