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Police use tear gas to disperse Luanda surveillance officers on strike

The National Police this Monday dispersed a group of inspection officials from the province of Luanda, who gathered together with the provincial government of the capital to demand a salary increase.


The group made up of dozens of inspection agents from across the province of Luanda was dispersed by the police, who used tear gas.

Speaking to Lusa on the spot, the chairman of the Board of the Supervisory Board of the provincial union of inspectors, Adilson Paulo António, expressed his dissatisfaction with the employer, stressing that, since December 2021, a claim book has already been delivered, with 21 points, which to date, no response has been received.

According to Adilson António, they requested a meeting with the employer to address the concerns raised, "but to date there is no contact".

One of the demands, continued the trade unionist, has to do with the holding of a public tender for the integration of new employees, a claim that is rejected by the inspection agents, taking into account the high number of employees, which, for almost two decades, work without pay.

"We wrote a letter addressed to the governor, in the sense that instead of making the public tender, we frame our colleagues, who have been here for a long time working with us. We have colleagues for 20 years as collaborators and without salary, the bit that support the family it is based on the help of a friend and we want to change that situation", said Adilson António, stressing that there are 600 workers and more than 1000 are employees.

Adilson António stressed that this year another letter was sent to the governor of Luanda province to materialize the contributions to which he is entitled by law, "which is violated every day".

"They don't give us anything, we did a survey and in the last three years we contributed around ten billion kwanzas in fines to the state coffers, and we don't see this amount, it is by law that 50 percent of this amount reconverts for the Inspection", he pointed out.

The trade unionist underlined that since the provincial inspection directorate was extinguished in 2012, inspection agents no longer benefit from this co-payment.

"And when we ask administrators, they say that it doesn't depend on them either, that it falls on the CUTE [Single State Treasury Account] and the central government manages it," he said.

Last April, a new letter was sent to the governor with the decision of a workers' assembly, in which a strike was decreed between the 23rd and 27th of May, which did not receive any response.

"This time has come and we have concentrated to put pressure on the employer, we are not working and we are concentrated here in front of the provincial government, because it is the mother entity, responsible for any exercise of administrations and our astonishment is that we are here in a passivity, the police came to create riots unnecessarily, we have injured colleagues, with bruises, they fired tear gas and there were even people who were unconscious", he lamented.

With salaries of 50,000 kwanzas, workers demand a salary improvement and the framework of employees without salary, a situation that the provincial government is aware of, "so the strike is a fact and in the administrations no one can work".

Lusa contacted the government of the province of Luanda, which sent some information later.

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