Chadian opposition and other parties plan ville morte (general strike) March 12; transportation and commercial disruptions expected in N’Djamena as public sector strike continues

Event

Various unions called for the continuation of a general public-sector strike, following unsuccessful negotiations between Chadian trade union officials and President Idriss Déby on Thursday, March 1. A number of political opposition parties are also calling for a ville morte (general strike) on Monday, March 12, in support of the unions. A heightened security presence is expected around potential associated protests in the coming days; transportation, commercial, and public service disruptions are also expected nationwide, and particularly in N’Djamena, on Monday.

Context

In January 2018, the Chadian government announced new austerity measures in an effort to reduce its civil service payroll to meet International Monetary Fund (IMF) spending requirements and ensure the organization’s continued support for the country’s 2018 budget. Chadian civil servants launched an ongoing nationwide general strike on January 29 to denounce the austerity measures, including salary and benefits cuts. A Chadian higher education union also launched an indefinite strike on January 27, protesting a reduction in members’ salaries under the austerity measures. Universities, as well as secondary and primary schools, remained closed in Chad as of March 6.

Advice

Individuals in Chad are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution due to the risk of violence, and adhere to advice issued by local authorities or their home governments.

On a separate note, due to the high terrorist threat, report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities and remain vigilant at all times, especially when visiting sites deemed particularly likely to be targeted in an attack (e.g. public transportation, train stations, airports, public or government buildings, embassies or consulates, international organizations, schools and universities, religious sites, markets, hotels and restaurants frequented by foreigners/Westerners, festivals, etc.). Due to the risk of terrorism and other security concerns, many Western governments advise against all travel to areas near the borders with Niger, Libya, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Nigeria, and the Lake Chad region, as well as nonessential travel to the rest of the country, including N’Djamena. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to or within the country.

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