(JollofNews) – Teachers at the Gambia College have threatened to go on strike on Monday if the governing council fails to meet their demands for better working conditions.

In a statement issued to the media at the college conference hall on Saturday, the chairman of College Academic Staff Association, Andrew AD Gomez, said they are demanding an increment of their teaching allowance from 30 per cent  to 75 per cent  and a confirmation of the service of all heads of departments of the schools of the college and representation of the its Academic Staff Association at the college’s  Senior Management Team (SMT) and the Governing Council.

Of recent, the Gambia College has been the focus of attempted strikes from both students and academic staff. Earlier last year, the students threatened to go strike if living conditions in their student dormitories were not improved.

Mr Gomez said they presented their demands to the new government in April outlining their deplorable working conditions of service at the college.

However, he said the government has failed to respond to their request for a retention of graduate allowances, review salary structure to be at per with other sister tertiary institutions and filling of all vacant positions at the college,.

Mr Gomez added that they have now exhausted all diplomatic means to get these concerns addressed both at council and at the Higher Education Ministry levels.

He added: “Written communications started years ago and promises were made by the Ministry but everything proved to be empty. Timelines were also given but they expired and no explanations were given by the Ministry.”

Mr Gomez said frustrated with lack of any developments, the Academic Staff Association has agreed at a general meeting convened on 13th September 2017 that a sit-down strike would be observed as of 18th September 2017 until their demands including the payment of graduate and retention allowance are met.