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Air Senegal workers call off strike

afrol News, 28 March - Workers of Air Senegal International on Wednesday halted their two-day strike over poor conditions of service and returned to work. Though the strike is over for now, the airline workers are expected to meet on Tuesday to gauge the situation.

Following hours of meeting involving the Senegalese government and Air Senegal workers in Dakar, a memorandum of understanding was signed. According to Moustapha Diakhate, a workers' spokesperson of Air Senegal,

"The signed memorandum has added our trust in the Senegalese government," Mr Diakhate, said, adding that the Prime Minister, Macky Sall, should be commended for his promise to personally handle the matter with Moroccan authorities - who co-own the Senegalese airliner.

PM Sall promised that the halt of strike would open negotiations between Senegalese and Moroccan partners so that workers' demands were met.

The airliner's management expressed their readiness to forward the demands of the workers to the next executive board meting of the company.

The two-day sit down strike came several months of threats of launching strike by the carrier's workers. But the strike grounded all flights of the company from plying their numerous destinations in West Africa and Europe.

Air Senegal is 51 percent owned by Royal Air Maroc. But some employees said Senegal should have been the major shareholder of the carrier to ease the management of the company. So far, over 500 people have been on the payroll of Air Senegal.

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