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SSHFC staff begin another sit-down strike

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By Omar Bah

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Staffers at the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation have embarked on another sit-down strike with effect from yesterday, a letter addressed to President Barrow and shared with The Standard has confirmed.
The staffers said they will not work until such a time that President Adama Barrow meets their demands.
“We are hereby expressing our total unwillingness to work under Muhamadou Manjang as we lost total trust and confidence in him as our leader and in this vein, we as staff are hereby commencing our sit-down strike as of today the 14th November, 2018,” the letter signed by 278 staff read.

President Barrow recently ordered for the administrative leave of MD Manjang to be lifted and ordered that the services of Mr Momodou Camara, the staff representative on the board be terminated with immediate effect.
But the staffers said they are hoping that the president “will be guided by wisdom” to reconsider his stance in order to come up with a balanced and fair judgement in the best interest of the country.
The staffers also alleged that Manjang’s “unsubstantiated claim of making an operating profit of D82 million has now come down to D21 million as per ongoing audit report and that by the time the report is finalised, the figure might further go down”.
Manjang resumes work on Tuesday after missing work for over a month. He was suspended together with Momodou Camara, the SSHFC staff rep, following an investigation into the saga.

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