Air traffic controllers end strike at new Senegal airport


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Air traffic controllers at Senegal’s main airports have ended their strike after shutting it down for most of the day over demands for more training and transportation stipends, media report said on Saturday.

The report noted that the government had said the new 680-million-dollar airport, which was inaugurated on Dec. 7, would help to make Senegal a transport hub in West Africa and boost the tourism sector.

But air traffic controllers complained that they had not been adequately trained to work at the new facility before it opened and said they launched their walkout “for people’s security”.

They also wanted increased stipends for employees’ transport to the airport, some 45 km (28 miles) outside the city centre.

Late on Friday, however, Mame Alioune Sene, the president of the union representing the workers, said that it was suspending the strike.


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