FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

6 December 2012

Gambia: Tension At Green Industries Company

The Cause

Information reaching this paper has it that tension has escalated yesterday at the Green Industries Company at the Banjul International Airport complex, Yundum, and that two pickup trucks loaded with security officers were deployed to the scene to quell the tension.

This reporter visited the scene and was informed on the ground that employees had complained about the appointment of an unqualified person to a higher position, receiving better pay than them.

"The problem is one person among the management was appointed to the position of Chief Tailor. We all know he is not qualified for the position", asserted an employee of the company.

Sources gathered by this paper revealed that the appointment of an unqualified person to the position of Chief Tailor is the cause of the problem. The complaint is that the man is a new person at the place. They said they taught him the skills and can do the job better than him.

"It is not fair to pay him D6000 dalasi while we are only receiving D2000 dalasi every month", said another source.

The management of the company was approached to throw light on the matter. The Marketing Manager and the Accountant denied any report of tension at the company although they admitted that they had a problem that was resolved.

However, the report of arrests could not be confirmed as the police PRO could not be reached at the time of going to press. This reporter saw many senior police officials going in and out of the Manager's office. Few paramilitary or the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) officials were seen on the ground.

The company is said to produce uniforms for all the armed and security departments including school uniforms as well. The company also produces pampers or baby diapers among other things.

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