The African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) acknowledges the accomplishment of generations of working women and men who through their trade union struggle have fought for the cause of social justice, political emancipation from colonial rule and apartheid, democracy and peace in Africa. It pledges to carry forward their struggle for a world in which the dignity and rights of all human beings is assured, and each is able to pursue their well-being and to realise their potential in conditions of freedom and equality.
The ITUC-Africa recognises the urgent need to transform social, economic and political structures and relations, which stand as obstacles to that vision. It assumes the task of combating poverty, hunger, exploitation, oppression, and inequality through regional and international solidarity actions for the attainment of just and equitable patterns of trade and wealth sharing required by the conditions of the globalised economy, and for its democratic governance in the interests of labour, which its holds superior to those of capital. As such, the ITUC-Africa shall function in a robust manner as a countervailing force in the global economy, committed to eradicating the imbalances in the global trade order and the unfair neo-liberal trade policies, especially the heavy agricultural subsidies and the various impediment to market access for agricultural products. It shall strive to secure a fair terms of trade, equitable distribution of wealth and income within and between countries, protection of the environment, universal access to public goods and services, comprehensive social protection, life-long learning and decent work opportunities for all. It shall further commit itself to securing comprehensive and equitable economic and social development for workers throughout the African region and beyond, in particular where poverty and exploitation are pervasive.
The ITUC-Africa shall promote trade union unity among democratic and independent trade unions in Africa and shall ensure effective representation to working people, wherever they work and in whatever conditions throughout the African region. Its rules shall guarantee internal democracy, full participation of member organisation, and that the composition of its governing bodies and representation respects its diversity.
The ITUC-Africa convinced of the universal, inalienable and indivisible nature of human rights