By Adama Makasuba
Anxious Staff of Banjul Breweries Company Limited has vowed stage sit down strike on each Monday until government considers their plights.
The staff workers gathered the gate of the Company demanding for consideration of the government about the 75% tax increment.
Speaking to journalists, the president of the Company’s Workers Union Alagie Ceesay said “our purpose of the sit down strike is about the tax increment from 10% to 75%and since December our management has been engaging the government about the issue, still now we don’t heard anything positive.”
He said they have engaged the members of the National Assembly about the issue but that nothing has come out of the engagement, adding that the lawmakers told them that they would be have sitting on 10 of June this year.
According to him, waiting for the lawmakers to sit over the matter on June 10, is so long and that they want express their feeling and unhappiness about reaction of the government towards the welfare of the Company.
Mr. Ceesay said if the current situation continues that the Company will eventually closed down, adding that the closure of the Company will also cause negative impact to the national development of the country.
Bekai Kujabi, who worked at the Company for 28-years, said they want the Company to start operation, adding that it contribute immensely to the national development of the country.
Another staff at the Company, Lamin Coneh, a father of five, said “this is the only hope I have so if here is close is going to be crazy on me.”
Meanwhile, a sister Company of Banjul Breweries Company Limited in Niger has also been closed over high increment of tax by the authorities of Niger, and this situation worried the staff workers of the company in the Gambia.