UPDATE: Strike action in Guadeloupe continues; unions say battle is not over

The situation in Guadeloupe is still tense, with more vehicles on the road and businesses timidly reopening and remaining open for longer hours, after the strike action which started on November 15, against mandatory vaccination and health pass continues.

The Trade Unions and the governing Councils, after 2 days of discussions have put together a list of concerns affecting the Guadeloupean population to begin discussions on Monday December 6. The trade Unions are also demanding an inter-ministerial delegation from Paris at the negotiating table.

They claim that contrary to the proclamation of the Minister for Overseas Departments, Sébastien Lecornu who said that most of the concerns brought up by the Unions are the duties and responsibilities of the Regional and Departmental Councils, a claim that both parties are denying, saying the State has the responsibility towards the overseas departments to the same extent that it deals with other Departments on mainland France.

But in a press release on Friday December 3, the government gave a mandate to the Prefects of Guadeloupe and Martinique “to deepen the dialogue with the the parties on the ground in order to collect their proposals and projects around several defined plans”.

The Unions have denounced this approach, as they had already called on their supporters to remain mobilized because the battle is not over. “If we are not getting the satisfaction to our demands, we will have no choice but to intensify our blockages,” Elie Domota, Spokesman for the Largest Trade Union, Union Générale des Travailleurs de Guadeloupe (UGTG), said while addressing supporters after a meeting with the Elected officials on Thursday December 2.

Meanwhile, with the exception of the La Boucan bridge leading to the Northern part of Basseterre, and the Perrain, Abymes roundabout leading to the North East of Grand Terre, traffic was restored Friday, on all the other highways, including the highway from Pointe-a-Pitre to Basseterre.

There have been no reports of looting for the past week. The 6 pm to 5 am curfew was extended for the third time to Tuesday December 7, with the exception of five Communes that were not impacted by the protest action.

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10 Comments

  1. Man bite dogs
    December 7, 2021

    Whenever I read all the crap ugly lenny, and his supporters have to say make me wonder omg these people are not real and out to be from outer space, no wonder ugly lenny, and clowns cannot win elections and never will even if you lazy lay about clowns with nothing to lose try to burn down Dominica ,it will not happen.

  2. Dominican Citizen
    December 6, 2021

    I agree with the protests not the destruction. But sometimes destruction brings the message across stronger.

    When building back we just have to build back stronger.

    Hats and Hearts off to Guadeloupeans for their continued bold moves.

  3. Jonathan Y St Jean
    December 6, 2021

    I just hope that the Labor cabal and it’s supporters in Dominca who constantly call for police to shoot Dominicans who block main roads in protest actions, note that blocking of roads to show dissatisfaction with issues doesn’t merit draconian, intolerant reaction like the government and the RSS did to the people of Salisbury and in Roseau. Such reaction happens in non democratic countries like China and Venezuela etc. It’s ok to shout out that a government is democratic but by their actions towards their citizens we can really see what type of leadership it is. Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you what you are.

  4. Concerned
    December 5, 2021

    It’d be interesting to see what would happen if France just walked away.

  5. December 5, 2021

    I am disappointed with my neighbors across the pond for the destructive looting. The anger is understandable. The destruction is unnecessary. African Americans do the same damage in their own neighborhoods when upset. We can do better. Dr. King would not have endorsed this behavior.

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  6. I Man
    December 4, 2021

    Damn I wish Dominica was like Guadeloupe. That’s the kind of movement we need to get rid of the corrupt criminals. I wonder if our police would threaten us with their long battle field guns? We need to test the system man if we going to save the country

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    • Eagle-Eyed
      December 7, 2021

      Well, thank goodness you represent a very small minority who does not love our country. The majority of us love our country to bits and enjoy our peace and tranquility. No, we don’t wish Dominica to be like Guadeloupe or Syria, Afghanistan or the Gazza Strip. that’s very foolish of you to want that.

  7. Channel 1
    December 4, 2021

    The protestors in Guadeloupe and Martinique are definitely not sheep dressed in people clothing.

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  8. Waiting For Airport
    December 4, 2021

    well when all of all you turn jumbie when all you take all you vaxx… and Skerro finally make it have more Chinese than Afro in D A… Guada will still be strong… I guess the rest of us will have to move there.

    At least it still have some real people left in the Caribbean… DA people drink Skerrit kool aid and turn docile, look Guadeloupe showing us how its done!

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