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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

For 7 months 17 crew stranded in Algeria : A human rights disgrace ITF says 2017-01-17 [Hellenic Shipping News]
Jailed journalist Mohamed Tamalt dies in coma 2016-12-26 [Al Jazeera]
Algerians begin 3-day strike in protest of finance bill 2016-11-23 [MEM]


Angola

2 000 Angolan port workers strike over pay 2016-08-26 [News24Wire]
Employers Should Ensure Medical Tests for Workers 2016-03-24 [ANGOP]
Trade Unions Urge Salary Adjustment for Better Living 2016-02-20 [Angola Press]


Benin

Vague presidential promise keeps campuses closed 2014-03-29 [University World News]
Trade unions to strike on Tuesday 2014-01-07 [Panapress]
Benin DW learn about roles of leaders, union structure and administration work 2013-08-24 [SYNEHM]


Botswana

BOFEPUSU should determine 2019 elections outcome- Mokhurutshe 2017-01-23 [The Post]
BMWU enters political terrain 2017-01-20 [Mmegi]
BOFEPUSU resolves to go for ‘special congress’ 2016-12-19 [The Post]


Burkina Faso

Unions in Burkina Faso and Senegal fight back against precarious work 2016-12-01 [IndustriALL]
Patients languish in Burkina Faso amid doctors strike 2016-11-25 [Metro]
Hospitals paralysed by health workers strike 2016-11-23 [The Business Standard]


Burundi

Trade union confederation leader arrested 2016-12-30 [Iwacu]
Silence and short memories Burundi 2016-08-25 [Equal Times]
Burundi: Oppression of Unions and Civil Society Intensifies 2016-02-23 [Solidarity Center]


Cameroon

roon: North West - Teachers' Strike Enters Sixth Week 2017-01-17 [All Africa]
Cameroon: Anglophone Teachers' Strike - how Discussions Went 2017-01-16 [All Africa]
Local solutions to local problems propel Cameroon’s startups scene 2017-01-12 [equal times]


Cape Verde

Gov't approves creation of unemployment benefits, reviews labour code 2016-01-06 [macauhub]
SOCIAL PROTECTION IN CABO VERDE: THE LITTLE ARCHIPELAGO THAT COULD 2015-06-08 [Equal Times]


Chad

Government wont pay striking workers 2016-12-26 [Africa News]
Oil workers end strike after Chinese employers raise pay 2014-03-19 [Reuters]
Oil drilling workers start three-day strike over pay 2014-03-11 [Mining Weekly]


Comoros


Congo


Cote Divoire

Civil servants strike shows no signs of ending despite new state offer 2017-01-22 [Africa News]
Gunfire Rocks Bouake Army Camp After Troops Pay Dispute 2017-01-09 [Al Jazeera]
Soldiers pay and working conditions uprising ends after deal with government 2017-01-09 [DW]


Djibouti

EI welcomes formerly imprisoned teacher unionist 2016-07-08 [Education International]
Teacher unionist released from prison after global support 2016-02-20 [Education International]
Education International calls for release of teacher unionist and human rights defender ActNOW! 2016-01-28 [Education International]


Egypt

Act now to defend food workers union 2017-01-20 [Stronger Unions]
Court postpones Press Syndicate leaders’ appeal against imprisonment, final verdict on 25 February 2017-01-18 [DNE]
Pharmacists Syndicate postpones partial strike after call from presidency 2017-01-18 [DNE]


Equatorial Guinea

INVESTMENT IN EQUATORIAL GUINEA WILL NOT END HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES 2015-06-24 [Equal Times]


Eritrea

Africans to sue Canadian mining firm for alleged abuses 2016-10-08 [The Times-Union]
FROM ERITREA TO DENMARK: A PERILOUS JOURNEY CAPTURED ON A CELL PHONE 2016-03-21 [Equal Times]
Eritrean refugees are caught between a rock and a hard place 2015-12-10 [Equal Times]


Ethiopia

Two Radio Bilal Journalists Sentenced in Ethiopia On Terror Charges 2017-01-09 [CPJ]
New Policy to Ensure Labour Safety 2016-12-28 [Fortune]
TUC Aid project update: Supporting employment rights of disabled people in Ethiopia 2016-06-24 [TUC]


Gabon

Shell oil workers in Gabon begin 'unlimited' strike on Thursday 2017-01-13 [Reuters]
Shell oil workers begin 'unlimited' strike on Thursday 2017-01-12 [Yahoo]
Gabon oil workers to end strike at Onal field on Wednesday 2016-10-25 [Reuters]


Gambia

Union leader's death in prison triggers int'l outcry 2016-03-20 [Equal Times]
Gambia: union leader’s death in prison triggers international outcry 2016-03-14 [Equal Times]
ITF To Sue Gov’t At The International Labor Court For The Death Of GNTCA’S Sheriff Dibba! 2016-02-28 [Freedom]


Ghana

Agric workers laud gov’t’s ‘planting for good and job’ campaign 2017-01-18 [Citi FM]
Labour unrest continues at Mantrac 2017-01-12 [Ghanaweb]
Staff of industries may be dismissed - ICU 2017-01-06 [Pulse]


Guinea-Bissau

Health workers join teachers in nationwide strike over wages 2016-04-07 [Africa News]


Kenya

Doctors on Strike to Get Sacking Letters From This Week 2017-01-23 [Daily Nation]
Lecturers ready for talks, demand reasonable offer 2017-01-22 [The Daily Nation]
Nurses threaten to resume strike, claim government has not implemented agreement 2017-01-21 [The Standard]


Lesotho

20,000 workers protest in Lesotho to save AGOA 2016-12-18 [Just style]
Unions demonstrate to save AGOA 2016-12-01 [IndustriAll]
LCS fires staff union boss 2016-11-02 [Lesotho Tiomes]


Liberia

Two Labour Laws Affecting Public Service Workers 2017-01-20 [Front Page]
Burnt rubber: Firestone cuts hundreds of jobs 2016-11-24 [AFP]
UNISON Petitions Liberian Government: Demands Reinstatement of Tamba and Poe Williams ActNOW! 2016-11-21 [PSI]


Libya

Airport workers strikes after pay delayed by months 2016-12-04 [The Observer]
Sharif - 1st Arab woman to assume Presidency, lead union federation 2016-09-11 [ATUC]
State workers given extra day for Eid break 2016-09-11 [Libya Herald]


Madagascar

Malgasy press mobilise against “liberticidal” communications law 2016-07-28 [Equal Times]
End scandalous Code of communication 2016-07-13 [IFJ]
Unions in Madagascar ready to confront multinational companies 2016-05-04 [IndustriALL]


Malawi

Stop Gender Violence Against Women - Mctu 2017-01-10 [MNA]
Judiciary Workers End Strike, Courts Open 2016-12-07 [allAfrica]
Chief Justice rebuffed as Malawi Judiciary staff vow to proceed with industrial strike 2016-12-07 [The Post]


Mali

Miners suspend five-day strike after ministry move 2016-10-25 [Reuters]
Resolute Mining, other gold-producer's workers call for strike 2016-10-13 [The Gazette]
Union calls five day mine strike over treatment of workers 2016-10-12 [Reuters]


Mauritania

10 Mauritanian anti-slavery activists win freedom 2016-11-20 [Middle East Eye]
Canadian firm agrees deal in Mauritania mine dispute 2016-10-04 [World Bulletin]
Canadian gold mining firm embroiled in labour dispute and corruption allegations 2016-07-13 [rabble]


Mauritius

Magnetic Card vs Bus Ticket: Union Workers Mention Potential Problems 2016-03-13 [Island Crisis]
Plight of garment workers highlighted 2015-06-06 [Fibre2Fashion]
Sugar Industry Employees & MSPA Found An Agreement 2014-11-30 [Island Crisis News]


Morocco

Workers from throughout the country march in Agadir in support of rights for DOHA fish workers 2017-01-15 [IUF]
Morocco’s imperfect solution to a forgotten migrant crisis 2017-01-06 [equal times]
Is the world’s largest solar project a “green megawatt” or a “green grab”? 2016-12-23 [equal times]


Mozambique

Children Abandoning School for Artisanal Mining 2017-01-23 [AIM]
Four decades on, Germany’s Mozambican youth labourers are still waiting to be paid 2016-08-23 [Equal Times]
Mediation Ends Sugar Workers' Strike 2016-08-23 [allAfrica]


Namibia

Al-Dahra workers unhappy with working conditions 2016-12-12 [The New Era]
Nghimtina speaks of social justice and decent work 2016-12-12 [The Namibian]
MUN leader to be buried at Nkurenkuru 2016-11-25 [The New Era]


Niger

United teachers demand that government fulfill its promises 2016-12-10 [Education International]
Workers shut down Federal Medical Centre, demand removal of CMD 2016-10-20 [Pulse]
NLC, TUC begin indefinite strike over salary cut 2016-07-12 [The Daily Trust]


Nigeria

Non-Academic Staff Unions of Universities suspend warning strike 2017-01-20 [Vanguard]
IndustriALL Global Union berates IOCs over unfair labour practices 2017-01-19 [Vanguard]
How Dumping From China Led to Loss of 2,000 Jobs in Nnewi Battery Firm 2017-01-18 [Vanguard]


Rwanda

There’s still some way to go before Kigali’s street vendors secure decent work 2016-11-02 [Equal Times]
Workers Union Call for Minimum Wage 2016-08-19 [Focus]
Occupational risks: Drawing attention to the plight of casual labourers 2016-05-05 [The New Times]


Sao Tome and Principe


Senegal

WATER FIGHT WITH CEMENT FACTORY LEAVES SENEGALESE HIGH AND DRY 2016-10-07 [Equal Times]
Calls to give domestic workers legal protection 2016-04-05 [BBC]
Disciplinary sanctions against Senegal aviation workers dropped 2016-01-26 [ITF]


Seychelles


Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s farmers continue to fight multinational land grabs 2016-09-28 [Equal Times]
Workers strike at Shandong’s iron ore mine 2015-09-23 [The Nation]
Workers strike at Shandong's iron ore mine 2015-09-20 [Reuters]


Somalia

NUSOJ Condemns the Detention of Three Journalists in Kismayo 2016-11-14 [Dalsan Radio]
Somalia in focus on the World Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists 2016-11-02 [Equal Times]
NUSOJ delegates thank IFJ sister unions, ITUC-Africa for their solidarity 2016-07-13 [Somali Current]


South Africa

Labour department de-registers bogus union connected to Zuma 2017-01-21 [The Chronicle]
Unions unite as mine fatalities decrease 2017-01-20 [The Independent]
City of Tshwane official allegedly calls workers ‘baboons’ 2017-01-20 [The Citizen]


South Sudan

UNAMID local staff goes on strike over unpaid benefits 2016-07-29 [The Tribune]
Juba Monitor Editor-in-Chief Arrested 2016-07-20 [IFJ]
Civil servants threaten to strike in Yei over unpaid salaries 2016-06-04 [Radio Tamazuj]


Swaziland

Langa Bricks staff back on strike 2017-01-18 [The Observer]
Public servants ready to strike 2017-01-09 [Swazi Media Commentary]
Court stops SEC strike 2016-12-21 [The Observer]


Sudan

Khartoum signs Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World 2017-01-15 [IFJ]
General strike held over government policies 2016-12-21 [Radio Dabanga]
Schools Closed By Teachers' Strike in West Kordofan 2016-12-14 [allAfrica]


Tanzania

75 Per Cent of Civil Servants Can Now Move to Dodoma, Says Mhagama 2016-08-20 [The Daily News]
How to Retaliate Against Sexual Harassment At Workplace 2016-08-06 [Tanzania Daily News]
Million reasons to treat your house girl humanely 2016-06-12 [The Daily Times]


Togo

Phosphate miners launch new strike 2016-08-26 [eNCA]
Togo: IUF evaluation and planning workshop for domestic workers 2015-12-01 [Vicky Kanyoka]
Govt workers strike one month ahead of election 2015-03-25 [Reuters]


Tunisia

Nobel Prize winning UGTT meets to elect new chief 2017-01-23 [News24]
Detained Islamic State suspect says Tunisian journalists were executed 2017-01-09 [Middle East Eye]
Presence of Israeli journalist in Tunisia condemned By UGTT affiliate 2016-12-21 [MEMO]


Uganda

Rail workers continue tradition of resistance to the ‘iron snake’ 2017-01-10 [Waging Non-Violence]
Workers Strike Over Alleged Harassment by Chinese Managers 2017-01-05 [VoA]
Workers at Chinese company strike over alleged harassment 2017-01-04 [The Times-Union]


Western Sahara

International Conference of Solidarity With Sahrawi Workers - UN Urged to End Moroccan Occupation 2016-12-07 [Algeria Press ]
Polisario Front takes part in congress of General Union workers in Murcia province 2016-05-15 [SPS]
Authorities Prevent a Press Conference of Unemployed Gradual Saharawis 2015-12-31 [Sahara Press Service]


Zambia

LCM workers call off protest 2017-01-12 [The Times]
Lusambo calls for lifting of workers’ suspension at CLM after strike 2017-01-11 [The Times]
Controversial Mothers Day labour law applicable to all women 2017-01-06 [Africa News]


Zimbabwe

Civil servants fume over unpaid bonuses 2017-01-20 [newsdzezimbabwe]
Is child labour thriving on Zimbabwe farms? 2017-01-15 [Zimbabwe Daily]
Couret orders reinstatement of ZBC workers 2017-01-15 [New Zimbabwe]
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