In brief: BENIN — General strike shuts down country

October 27, 2004

The small African country of Benin ground to a halt on October 19, as public sector workers began a three-day strike for a 20-30% pay increase, better pensions and lower university fees. The strike, called by four out of the country's five trade union federations after negotiations broke down on October 1, was hugely successful. In the country's capital of Cotonou, all schools, banks and government offices were closed, health centres were restricted to treating emergencies and all public television and radio programs were cancelled, replaced by the song "Le Pays Va Mal" (The Country is Doing Badly), played on continual repeat.

From Green Left Weekly, October 27, 2004.
Visit the Green Left Weekly home page.

You need Green Left, and we need you!

Green Left is funded by contributions from readers and supporters. Help us reach our funding target.

Make a One-off Donation or choose from one of our Monthly Donation options.

Become a supporter to get the digital edition for $5 per month or the print edition for $10 per month. One-time payment options are available.

You can also call 1800 634 206 to make a donation or to become a supporter. Thank you.