Dockers at the Douala go on rampage again over unfulfilled promises

The spectacle at the Douala port last night  almost similar to what befell anglophone lawyers last year appears to be crumbling activities at the facility. Dockers besieged the port at 10pm, Monday demanding the fulfillment of promises made to them last week over their deplorable working conditions. But were met with stiff resistance from security officer to rained shots and threw tear gas to disperse the roaring crowd .

No one has been reported dead but many workers have sustained injuries.but this did not dampen the spirit of the striking workers who have once more paralyzed the port this morning.

The workers are demanding an improvement in their working conditions; most of them do not have health and social insurance coverage neither do they earn good wages.  Unqualified personnel are recruited over those who are competent. A situation which has adversely affected the loading and off loading of vessels at the Douala port.


The disgruntled workers this time are blaming some of their trade union members whom they accuse of trying to circumvent their struggle with the support of unscrupulous officials and management of the Douala port. They lament that the negotiations which were conducted between their representatives, the administration and management of the port is not yielding fruits. For example the government is yet to say anything positive about the increase in salaries as well as the respect of conventions in the maritime sector.

They want these conventions ratified so that trained personnel are fit to work in the sector.

Cameroon Concord has observed that over the years dockers have been churned out from a school situated near the Douala Reunification stadium to the total indifference of authorities.

At press time, more security reinforcement has been sent to stifle any uprising at the port as administrative officials are seeking a platform to dialogue with the workers again.

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