Monday, 28 January 2013 16:14(JollofNews) – Proposed changes to official government working hours and days in the Gambia has been criticised today by the country's worker's union.
Under the proposed changes that are coming into force at the beginning of next month, the country's civil servants will work from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 6pm while Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be dedicated for prayers, social activities and agriculture.
The changes which were announced last week by the Office of the President were said to have been made after consultation with ministers and considerations to public demands.
However, the Gambia Workers Confederation (GWC) is calling on President Yahya Jammeh to reconsider the proposed changes in order not to kill the country’s standard social service hours and days of work.
In a letter to the media, the union's executive secretary, Pa Modou Faal said: "It is our belief that it is an impromptu executive order which needs a sober reflection and time for a change of this nature. The present five or six working days per week of eight hours a day are based on international standards that has been agreed, accepted and adopted by the world of work."
The union called on the Government of Mr Jammeh to set out a decent work country programme for workers in the country. It also called on the Government to hold discussions with its members before making any changes to their working hours and days.
Written by PK Jarju
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