The National Union of Nurses and Health Technicians of Guinea-Bissau started a seven-day nationwide strike on Wednesday, September 16. Union leaders have organized the labor action to demand a resolution to multiple issues, such as the payment of salary arrears and the initiation of career development programs for professionals. Health workers are striking despite the government's declaration of a state of calamity due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Associated protests are possible.
Those in Guinea-Bissau are advised to monitor the situation, avoid associated protests or demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.