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ITUC-Africa Protests Against Arrest of Sierra Leone Trade Unionists and Government Interference in Union Affairs

I write on behalf of the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa www.ituc-africa.org) representing over 17 million workers in 52 African countries to protest the arrest and detention of trade union leaders of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress (...)
15 Decembre 2018 Keywords : ActivitiesHuman and trade union rightsProtest letters Sierra Leone

Commemorating the 2018 International Human Rights Day: Use the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) as a multilateral approach to drive a pro-rights based approach for migration governance

Today, 10th December is the International Human Rights Day and is also the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the Universal Human Rights Declaration as endorsed by the United Nations. Today is also the day that the United Nations’ Global Compact for Migration (GCM) is being signed in (...)
10 December 2018 Keywords : Activities DeclarationsHuman and trade union rights

The best of WageIndicator - Autumn 2018

WageIndicator celebrates 100th Decent Work Check With the recent addition of Namibia, the 100th Decent Work Check has been published. The checklist, containing 49 questions divided over 13 workplace-related topics, compares national labour law with international labour standards. In this way, (...)
Keywords : Technical document Organising And Workers Empowerment - Trade Union Unity

COP 24: The Highs, The Lows and What is to Come…

This week, all roads lead to Katowice - one of the oldest and historic coal mining towns in Europe. Thousands of people are flooding the town for what is described as the biggest annual conference. The 24th session of the Conference of Parties organized by the United Nations Framework (...)
2-14 December 2018 Keywords : ActivitiesClimate Change And EnvironmentReports

NLC PRESS RELEASE: WE ARE WORKERS NOT SLAVES

A Press Statement Issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the Wake of Renewed Onslaught Against Organized Labour Through the “No Work… No Pay” Directive by the Federal Government of Nigeria
04 December 2018 Keywords : DeclarationsHuman and trade union rights Nigeria

35% of women in the world have experienced physical and / or sexual violence

35 percent of women in the world have experienced physical and / or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from another person at some point in their lives (UN Women). Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1999, the International Day for the (...)
25 November 2018 Keywords : Human and trade union rightsGender Equality

NLC has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to address the issue on the new national minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress urged Nigeria president, Muhammadu Buhari to forward an executive bill to the National Assembly to legalise the recommendation of the tripartite committee. The NLC president dismissed claims that the implementation of the new national minimum wage would lead to (...)
25 November 2018 Keywords : NigeriaPeace And Security

PROMOTING SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR ALL THROUGH EQUITY AND GENDER EQUALITY

Taking forward the Abidjan declaration from the 2017 conference , 23 delegates from 17 African trade unions affiliated to ITUC Africa and 2 labour support organisations, gathered from 6 to 10 November in Johannesburg, in the framework of a continental seminar organized by FEDUSA, ITUC Africa (...)
6-10 November 2018 Keywords : South AfricaGender EqualityExtending Social Protection

Mody Guiro: renewed confidence

The 11th Confederal Congress of the National Confederation of Workers of Senegal (CNTS), was held on 17 and 18 November in Dakar Senegal. At least 2,000 delegates and guests gathered at the Grand Théâtre National de Dakar attended the re-election of comrade Mody Guiro unanimously acclaimed by (...)
17 - 18 November 2018 Keywords : Senegal Organising And Workers Empowerment - Trade Union Unity

BOTSWANA TO GIVE VISA ON ARRIVAL TO TRAVELLERS: A COMMENDABLE DECISION

The Botswana Federation of Trade Unions has learnt with excitement the decision by the Botswana government to, from 24 November 2018, commence the issuance of visa on arrival (at the point of entry) to travellers, especially Africans visiting the country. This move is commendable and (...)
24 Novembre 2018 Keywords : DeclarationsHuman and trade union rightsBotswanaMigration

Advancing a progressive Migration governance — African workers/trade Union DEMANDS

We again affirm that migration is a natural, postive and never ending humain phenomenon. Migration is not a crisis, it is the management and governance of it that have serious, but surmountable challenges. The benefits of migration for development and humanity are real and endless. Everyone can (...)
Free circulation & Migration Keywords : ActivitiesHuman and trade union rights MoroccoCommuniqueMigration

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF AN EMERGENCY MEETI NG OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NECJ OF THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLCJ HELD ON TUESDAY 23rd OCTOBER, 2018 AT THE PASCAL BAFYAU LABOUR HOUSE

The NEC-in-session received the report on the conclusion of the sittings of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Negotiating Committee that took place on October 4 & 5, 20 18. NEC took note that the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Negotiating Committee arrived at N30,000 as the figure to (...)
23 OCTOBER, 2018 Keywords : Human and trade union rights NigeriaExtending Social Protection Communique

African and European trade unions stand togother as a united front to call for an in-depth change to the content and guiding principles of the EPA

Trade unions from Africa and Europe have followed with grave concern the negotiation and conclusion of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and regional groupings in Africa. The ITUC-Africa and the ETUC have called for in-depth changes to the content and guiding principles of (...)
26 October 2018 Keywords : Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development

ITUC-Africa Youth Committee Meeting

The ITUC-Africa Youth Committee met on Monday, October 15 in Lomé at its headquarters (Fopadesc). The meeting was an opportunity for the members of the committee to present the broad outlines and priorities of their action plan at national and regional level. Nine young people from Ghana, (...)
15 October 2018 Keywords : Togo

13th meeting of the ITUC-Africa Women’s Committee

In accordance with its statute, ITUC Africa Women’s Committee held its 13th meeting on Monday, October 15th in Lome, at the headquarters of the organisation, (Fopadesc). This meeting was an opportunity for women leaders, on one hand to take stock of the activities of the past year that marked (...)
15 October 2018 Keywords : Togo

18th meeting of the General Council of ITUC-Africa

The 18th meeting of the ITUC-Africa General Council was held on 17 and 18 October 2018 in Lomé at ITUC-Africa headquarters (Fopadesc). During two days, trade union leaders and members of the General Council of ITUC-Africa, representatives of sub-regional organizations, representatives of the (...)
17 - 18 October 2018 Keywords : ActivitiesTogo

STUDY on AFRICA LABOUR MIGRATION TO THE GCC STATES: THE CASE OF GHANA, KENYA, NIGERIA AND UGANDA

PREFACE: Migration is part and parcel of human existence. It is a historical human phenomenon and will continue to be part of human practice across societies, ages and cultures. It cannot be stopped, but certainly can be better managed to contribute to and accelerate development. African trade (...)
Keywords : ActivitiesBooksTechnical documentHuman and trade union rights NigeriaUgandaReports GhanaKenyaMigration

Interview with Congolese trade unionist Joséphine Shimbi Umba

“We say ’protect the workers’, but which workers are we talking about if only 2.5 per cent have formal jobs?”
10 October 2018 Keywords : Climate Change And EnvironmentExtending Social Protection Democratic Republic of CongoInterview

ITUC AFRICA condemns attack on ZCTU demonstrators and demands the immediate and unconditional release of arrested trade union leaders.

Dear Mr. President, I write on behalf of the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa, www.ituc-africa.org) to condemn the blocking of a peaceful demonstration by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and the subsequent arrest of leaders (...)
11 October 2018 Keywords : Zimbabwe Declarations

Commendation for national minimum wage adoption in South Africa and request to support campaign for minimum wages across Africa

Dear President Ramaphosa, On behalf of the African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa www.ituc-africa.org) - I convey to you our profound commendation and appreciation for the institution of national minimum wage in South (...)
4 October 2018 Keywords : ActivitiesSouth AfricaExtending Social Protection Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development

The first woman as the head of one of the largest South African trade union organizations.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), which has 1.6 million members, has just taken a woman to its head. This was on the sidelines of its 13th Annual Congress held in Midrand, South Africa, from September 17th to (...)
17 - 20 Septembre 2018 Keywords : South AfricaHuman and trade union rights Organising And Workers Empowerment - Trade Union Unity

Attack of the eSwatini Royal Police against peaceful protesters

A peaceful protest initiated on Tuesday 18th September by members of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) to draw attention to a number of pressing work place and livelihood issues, notably relating to salary increases and cost of living allowances was viciously repressed and (...)
18 Septembre 2018 Keywords : Swaziland Democracy Human and trade union rightsPeace And SecuritySwaziland

Capacity building workshop for CSTT union leaders in democratic management

After its recent extraordinary congress, held on 8th December 2017 where a new confederal bureau was put in place, it was necessary to reinforce the capacity of the members for a better democratic management.
24-27 Septembre 2018 Keywords : Organising And Workers Empowerment - Trade Union UnityTogo

Trade Union Training on Rights-based Approach to Labour Migration

In partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) conducted a two-day national training workshop on “Trade Union Training on Rights-based Approach to Labour Migration.”
22 - 23 Septembre 2018 Keywords : Human and trade union rightsPeace And Security SomaliaMigration

Joint Statement African Union – United Nations on peace, security and development

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, met today in New York in the margins of the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly. They discussed issues central to the strategic (...)
23 September 2018 Keywords : DeclarationsPeace And Security

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ITUC AFRICA

I write on behalf of the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa www.ituc-africa.org) representing over 17 million workers in 52 African countries to protest the arrest and detention of trade union leaders of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress (...)