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    Guinean teachers end strike

    APA-Conakry (Guinea)

    The Guinean government and the Union of Educators on Tuesday evening signed a memorandum of understanding, which resulted in the suspension of a teachers' strike which had paralyzed all public schools since February 12.

    The agreement comes after two weeks of negotiations, and was signed by the strike leader, Aboubacar Soumah, the Mediator of the Republic, Said Fofana, and the Minister of Energy, Taliby Sylla.

    The agreement was for the lifting of the suspension the strike leader Soumah; the payment of his salary arrears; the payment of the remaining 30 percent of salaries from late March 2018 with retroactive effect (as of January 1, 2018 for active teachers, and from November 1 to 31 December 2017 for pensioners.

    Under the agreement, negotiations are scheduled for May 2 to 25 2018 on the setting of the basic salary for teachers at eight million Guinean francs; and all teachers who have been transferred or dismissed as a result of this strike will be reinstated.

    Since February 12, Guinea’s Free Union of Teachers and Researchers of Guinea (SLECG) has been asking secondary and primary school teachers to observe an open-ended general strike throughout the country.


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