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Togo unionists poised for week-long strike

The Workers’ Synergy, a unionist syndicate in Togo has announced a week-long strike beginning next Monday for the release of workers detained by the government.The notification for the strike was contained in a letter sent to the Labour minister on Friday.

The strike is called by trade unionists to bring pressure to bear on the government to free some of its members thought to be unfairly detained in the Kara civil prison.

They are also calling for a shelving of their prosecution and a realization of their demands which were sent to the relevant authorities in October 2017.

Togolese health and education workers have been on strike since February.

The unionists warned that next week’s strike will be prolonged unless all of their demands are met.

Those arrested are teachers rounded up last Monday, as they were on a visit to the detained Claude Pelelem.

Pelelem was arrested a few hours earlier, after appearing before an investigative judge in Lome last Wednesday.

Pelelem was charged with criminal association and disturbing public order.



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