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Sugar Workers Demand Better Working Conditions

Panafrican News Agency (Dakar), 1 April 2001

Port Louis, Mauritius - Thousands of sugar workers in Mauritius Saturday in Port Louis staged a peaceful protest to demand better working conditions.

Carrying placards and banners and chanting slogans during the march, the protesters demanded to have a 40 hour-week during harvest, equal salaries for men and women workers and a guarantee of job security.

Union leader Jack Bizlall said the workers have given a 10-week deadline Saturday to the industry to positively reply to the workers' demands.

"If the demands are not met by the start of the next harvest season scheduled for the end of July, workers will start a go-slow movement culminating into a general strike in the sugar industry," he said.