— AFRICA —CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE: Feneco/UNTC started on February 25, in Gombe, a workshop on the drafting of a trade union guide for teachers in the DRC. This workshop, which is organized in partnership with the National Union of Secondary Schools Teachers from France (SNES/FSU), has brought together about twenty trade unionists as well as members of the national secretariats of Feneco/UNTC and delegates from several regions. - NIGER : Negotiations are going on between Areva and the Government concerning a new 10-year agreement for the mining of uranium. - SENEGAL : The association of the former employees of the National Fund for the Promotion of the Youth (Fnpj), the National Agency for Youth Employment (Anej), the Agency for the Employment of the Youth in the Suburbs (Ajeb) and the National Agency for street vendors (Anama) denounced at a meeting held on February 25 the poor handling of their records and demanded that the government should start negotiating with them in order to reinstate them. -TUNISIA: The administrative staff of the Ministry of Health organised a sit-in on February 24 outside the Ministry protesting against their "exclusion" from a proposed Article (Article 2) of the public service General Framework Agreement and the non-implementation of some agreements reached between the unions and the Government. — WORLD NEWS — - CANADA : FTQ (Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec) welcomes an initiative of the Minister of International Relations who is also in charge of Francophonie and international trade (MRIFCE), Jean-François Lisée, who announced that a plan of action would be adopted for the establishment of the Agency for International Solidarity of Quebec (AQSI). This announcement follows the report of a committee comprising MRIFCE and the Association for international cooperation of Quebec (AQOCI).-->
Since the new municipal administrations came into office on 15 January, workers have been suffering blatant violations of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution, the national labour legislation and the core ILO Conventions ratified by Guatemala.
According to the information gathered by the ITUC during its mission to Guatemala, the change in government has given way to all kinds of rights violations in most municipalities, ranging from dismissals to intimidation and murders. "The new government must bring an end to these constant workers' rights violations. It must respect the national legislation and the ILO Conventions if it wants to change its image on the international stage," said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.
An ITUC international mission visited various regions across Guatemala at the end of February. The delegates were able to meet with workers from a range of economic sectors and observed the escalation in fundamental rights violations. As a result, the ITUC, along with the TUCA, will launch a campaign next month in Guatemala calling for respect for trade union rights and an end to impunity.
In a letter to the Guatemalan authorities, the ITUC urged them to assume their responsibilities and redress the violations denounced.
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