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Côte d’Ivoire: Social revolts shake Ouattara regime

Public sector strike and soldiers’ mutiny expose reality behind “economic growth”. 
Côte d’Ivoire is currently going through a period of heavy social turmoil. The year had started well for the ruling regime, with the anouncement of an expected 8 % GDP growth for 2017 (the highest in Africa this year), and the formation of a new government. This was the first government under the brand new “Third Republic” after the adoption of a new Constitution in November 2016.

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Ivory Coast

Côte d’Ivoire: Construction company workers force unprecedented bosses’ concessions

Letter from Côte d’Ivoire Agencement workers. 
On 17 October, 50 workers from a building company called ‘Côte d’Ivoire Agencement’ (CIA) were sacked by their bosses with their last month’s wage unpaid. With the full support of the CWI group in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as of many workers still working for the company, the dismissed workers started to agitate for their reinstatement and for their wages to be paid. They organised a protest at the company offices, which was warmly received with applause from workers and passers-by in the area. Following this action, the nervous management made important concessions. The bosses even politely asked the workers not to make too much noise about the dispute! This victory, the first of its kind since the company was founded, is a good example that when resisting and standing together workers can win.

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