Gambia: The Bakers’ strike!

Mamos Media

Bakers in the country began a sit-down-strike on Wednesday following government’s reduction of the price of loaf of bread from seven to six dalasis.

However, yesterday, it was reported that the Bakery Association and officials of the Ministry of Trade had a closed-door meeting to end the strike.

According to sources, the bakers explained reasons of pegging a loaf of bread to D7, claiming that the price of flour which was 825 dalasis has now jumped to 1000 dalasis. “Our machines are using fuel which has also increased. With all these, we can only sell a loaf of bread for seven dalasis.”

“The officials of the ministry asked us to sell a loaf of bread for six dalasis untill tomorrow, Friday.

After tabling our demands, they will decide on Friday whether we would be selling for six dalasis or seven dalasis. The government through the Ministry of Trade on May 1, 2018, has reduced the price of flour – a move that was welcomed by the public.

According to the new prices, bakers or bread vendors should sell to shopkeeper outlets at not more than D66 per dozen, and shopkeepers should resell a loaf of bread to consumers at D5.5.

This is because the price of 50kg of flour has been reduced by 30 percent during the period of 2017 to 2018. The Ministry of Trade earlier in a press release warned against violating the new prices set.

The ministry therefore urged all bakers to be selling a loaf of bread for 6 dalasis and those found wanting would face the law.

Another baker who wanted to remain unanimous told this paper “we are on strike because government reduced the price of flower during the Ramadan but the price of fuel is high and that’s why we cannot continue to sell it to six dalasi.”

Foreigners, mainly Guinean nationals, mostly dominate the bread retail business.

Author: Pa Modou Cham
Source: The Point newspaper

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