Guinea union chief calls off strike

The president agrees to strikers' demands to end an 19-day strike that left 59 dead.

    Guinea's 18-day general strke prompted violence and looting in the West African country's capital [AFP]

    The strikers had initially demanded the resignation of Lasana Conte, the country's long-standing president.

     

    However, by Saturday evening the strike leaders appeared to have dropped this demand after the government promised to act to raise living standards and reduce prices of key foodstuffs.

     

    The strike led to outburst of violence and looting throughout the West African country as police, looters and striking workers clashed repeatedly.

     

    Sporadic violence and industrial action also halted exports of bauxite, the aluminium ore that is the impoverished West African country's main export.

     

    Guinea is the world's largest exporter of bauxite.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Meet the hardline group willing to do anything, including going against their government, to claim land for Israel.