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28 Feb 2020 | 07:14 AM UTC

Burkina Faso: Public sector unions call for nationwide strike and marches on March 7, 16-20

Unions schedule marches on March 7, 17, and public sector strike nationwide March 16-20; transportation disruptions and heightened security presence expected

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Event

On Wednesday, February 26, several public sector unions have called on its members to protest nationwide against the implementation of a new tax system on public sector employees. According to union officials, nationwide marches are scheduled on Saturday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 17, while a public sector strike will take place between Monday, March 16, and Friday, March 20 across the country.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected in protest-affected areas on March 7, as well as a decrease in government services both on March 7 and 17, as well as during the strike period.

Advice

Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments, avoid demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate disruptions to administrative services, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.