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UNI Africa General Conference — Forward for a New Africa: Mobilise, Organise, Innovate

More than five hundred union leaders from across Africa and beyond are gathering in Dakar, Senegal from, 23 March to 25 March for the 4th General Conférence of UNI Africa under the theme ‘Forward for a New Africa: Mobilise, Organise, (...)
23 - 25 Mar 2017 Keywords : Senegal Organising And Workers Empowerment - Trade Union Unity

Building the capacity of trade unions in West Africa for productivity improvement

The ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ILO/ACTRAV) with the collaboration of the Japanese Trade Union Congress (JTUC/RENGO) organized a sub-regional workshop on Enhancing the Role of Trade Unions in Productivity Improvement in the ECOWAS Sub Region. The workshop was held in Ouagadougou, (...)
22 - 24 February 2017 Keywords : ActivitiesClimate Change And EnvironmentStructural Transformation For Africa’s DevelopmentBurkina Faso

CONDOLENCES

Dear Comrades, ITUC-Africa grieves about the passing away on Saturday, April 1 of its Women’s Committee President, Marieme Ba Konate who was also General Secretary of the Democratic Union of Senegal Workers (UDTS).
Keywords : Tributes Senegal

The most remarkable rejection of free trade you’ve never heard of

Africans are insisting on actual economic development which is leaving European trade negotiators exasperated. Rick Rowden explains why their stand is historic and right.
Keywords : Human and trade union rights NigeriaStructural Transformation For Africa’s Development

Tanzania orders audit of mining companies’ earnings over taxes

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has ordered a special audit of mining companies to determine if they pay their fair share of taxes to the East African country.
Keywords : Human and trade union rights TanzaniaStructural Transformation For Africa’s Development

JOINT STATEMENT CONDEMNING THE RAID OF THE MEDIA HOUSE IN TANZANIA

At the sideline of the AU-EU CSOs conference on Freedom of Expression, African CSOs reacted to the situation in Tanzania (read the statement). ITUC-Africa actively supported this statement as we contributed to its drafting and (...)
Keywords : DeclarationsHuman and trade union rightsSolidarity Letters Tanzania

PRESS RELEASE: SIERRA LEONE LABOUR CONGRESS

It has come to the attention of the sierra leone labour congress that for over two months, the academic staff of the NJALA university have been on strike for better salaries, terminal benefits and conditions of service.
Keywords : DeclarationsHuman and trade union rightsSierra Leone

Enhance african workers’ power through democratic management

In the context of the world economic and financial crisis, it is crucial to develop strategies to strengthen the democratic functioning and joint trade union actions for the emergence of strong unions and organizations that are representative of civil (...)
13 - 17 March 2017 Keywords : Activities Organising And Workers Empowerment - Trade Union Unity

Enhance collaboration between WAEMU, ITUC - Africa and OTUWA for greater representativity of trade unions in sub regional, regional and international institutions.

A visit and exchange mission took place on the 20th and 21st of February between the commissioners responsible for human development of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), ITUC-Africa, the General Secretary of OTUWA (Organization of Trade Unions of West Africa ) took place on (...)
20 - 21 February 2017 Keywords : ActivitiesClimate Change And EnvironmentGender EqualityExtending Social Protection Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development

FESTU -Somalia: Trade Unions Commemorate International Women’s Day 2017

March 8, 2017 The Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) salutes all working class women on this, their important day, International Women’s Day. This day comes at a very perilous and disturbing time in our country when women abuse, patriarchal and misogynistic attitudes are prevalent. (...)
Keywords : Gender EqualitySolidarity Letters Somalia

Appeal to the African Union for the protection of civil liberties in “English-speaking” Cameroon territory

We have noted with concern the deteriorating human rights situation of the people and residents of Southern Cameroon for a while now. A number of persons described and declared as “enemies of the Republic” have been arrested and detained without trial. Many more who have felt threatened because (...)
Keywords : Cameroon DeclarationsHuman and trade union rightsProtest letters

Press review of february 2017 on migration in West Africa

How Nigerian, other migrant entrepreneurs are a force for good in South Africa – Study Contrary to widespread belief in South Africa that Nigerians and other migrants take their jobs, a study has shown that such migrants indeed help in creating employment opportunities for natives and (...)
Keywords : NewslettersHuman and trade union rightsMigration

ZCTU Submission to the ILO High Level Mission on the Status of Implementation of CAS Conclusions 2016

Background The CAS Conclusions 2016 The Committee took note of the information provided by the Government representative and the discussion that followed on issues raised by the Committee of Experts. The Committee welcomed the Government’s indication that steps were being taken to harmonize (...)
Keywords : ZimbabweHuman and trade union rightsReports

Report of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations

Third item on the agenda: Information and reports on the application of Conventions and Recommendations. Report III (Part 1A)
International Labour Conference, 106th Session, 2017 Keywords : Human and trade union rightsReports

KENYA: Close to three months doctors’ strike

COTU (K) letter on Doctors’ strike in PDF — Solidarity letter from ITUC-Africa in PDF — Solidarity letter from COSATU in PDF
Keywords : Kenya

7th New Year School : In order to stop illicit financial flows for a structural transformation of Africa, trade unionists roll up their sleeves.

Around US $ 50 billion is lost by Africa every year through illicit financial flows, which, according to Global Financial Integrity (GFI) estimates, are growing at an astounding rate of 20.2 percent annually. A phenomenon that is in the agenda of discussions of trade union organizations which (...)
2017 Jan 30 - Feb 03 / New Year School Keywords : ActivitiesUpcoming eventStructural Transformation For Africa’s Development

“Hands-off Somali Trade Unions” says International Trade Union Community

The Global trade union movement has leapt to the defense of Somalia’s independent trade union movement, by telling Somali government and anti-trade union forces in Somalia to keep their “hands-off Somali trade unions”. Meeting in Vienna, Austria, at the annual General Council meeting of the (...)
2016 December 2 Keywords : Human and trade union rightsProtest letters Somalia

PRESS RELEASE : Workers not ready for the national health insurance scheme

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) has learnt with surprise that Cabinet has approved the setting up of a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), despite our reservations to the move. While noting that the idea is noble, the ZCTU believes the timing is wrong given the fact that the (...)
2016 November 26 Keywords : ZimbabweNewsletters

Three Major Unions Merge to form 12,000-Member Union

HARBEL, Margibi – Three workers union in Liberia have merged into what is expected to be a stronger union to represent their members’ interests. The new union now has a membership of 12,000 workers from the Firestone Agriculture Workers Union of Liberia, the Golden Veroleum Workers Union, and (...)
Keywords : NewslettersHuman and trade union rights Liberia Organising And Workers Empowerment - Trade Union Unity

MARRAKECH ACTION PROCLAMATION FOR OUR CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

We, Heads of State, Government, and Delegations, gathered in Marrakech, on African soil, for the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the (...)
2016 Nov 7 - 18 / Environment & Sustainable Development Keywords : ActivitiesClimate Change And Environment Declarations Morocco

Gambia opens presidential campaign, HRW worried over media arrests

The electoral campaign for Gambia’s presidential election officially opened Wednesday. The electoral body has approved the candidature of three people. Incumbent president, Yahya Jammeh, who is running for a fifth term, faces Adama Barrow, who is the main challenger to Jammeh – Barrow is backed (...)
Keywords : NewslettersHuman and trade union rights

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ITUC AFRICA

2017
Apr 25

2017 edition of the General Meeting of the Trade Union for Development Cooperation Network (TUDCN).

For a new trade unionism based on cooperation and a shared support for the development paradigm.