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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

Labor in Algeria’s Revolt 2019-05-12 [Jacobin]
Rank-and-file revolt gears up inside Algeria’s UGTA 2019-05-01 [MENA Solidarity Network]
IndustriALL condemns brutal arrest of Algerian union leader 2019-04-25 [IndustriALL]


Angola

Angolan railway workers strike over better pay, conditions 2019-01-26 [Africa News]
Higher education teacher's union threaten strike in October 2017-09-20 [Xinhua]
Child Labour Compromises Children's Future - Jurist 2017-06-15 [Angola Press]


Benin

Unions agree to cooperate 2018-07-21 [IndustriALL]
Benin unions agree to cooperate 2018-07-20 [IndustriALL]
Ban on strikes in defence, health, justice sectors 2018-06-30 [News 24]


Botswana

Tlhagale warns trade unions against 'state capture' 2019-05-03 [Mmegi On-line]
BOFEPUSU accuses politicians of self enrichment 2019-05-03 [Mmegi-On-line]
Boko attacks BDP, AP on Labour day 2019-05-03 [Mmegi On-line]


Burkina Faso

600 Burkinabe mineworkers who lost jobs after mine closure demand fair compensation 2019-03-01 [IndustriALL]
Un syndicat impatient pour le changement de statut des Editions SIDWAYA et de la RTB 2019-01-01 [Wakat Sera]
United teacher unions secure landmark agreement with government 2018-02-22 [Education International]


Burundi

IFJ condemns arrest of broadcast journalist 2019-05-08 [IFJ]
Despite the crisis, STEB has been able to develop the skills of new union leaders 2018-10-05 [Education International]
Deductions from workers' salaries to pay for elections 2018-02-03 [The Graphic]


Cameroon

Intractable conflict deals Cameroon’s agricultural sector a heavy blow 2019-05-07 [Equal Times]
Four crew members kidnapped by pirates off Cameroon 2019-04-10 [ITF]
Unions call for peace, solidarity and the protection of livelihoods as Cameroon sinks deeper into violence 2018-08-20 [IUF]


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

Labor Unions End 5-Month Strike Amid Talks With Government 2018-10-27 [Bloomberg]
Chad vows to frizzle out civil servant strike 2018-07-05 [Le Journal]
'The public is losing its faith in public services' : Interview with Chadian Union Leader at ILC2018 2018-05-31 [PSI]


Comoros


Congo


Cote Divoire

Government investment in private schools: a bad bet for the future of the young and the country 2019-04-10 [EI]
Workers in Côte d’Ivoire beat back DHL’s attempt to hold unfair workplace elections 2018-07-12 [UNI]
“Internationalism is about sharing struggles” - Interview with Theodore Gnagna, Côte D’Ivoire @ ILC2018 2018-06-01 [PSI]


Djibouti

Citizens outraged at cheap labour deportation 2017-09-29 [IOL]
EI outraged at the arrests of teacher union leaders ActNOW! 2017-03-28 [Education International]
Free Ahmed-Kadar Nour and Omar Ali Ewado ActNOW! 2017-03-24 [Education International]


Egypt

Support the workers at Suez Cement 2019-05-14 [BWI]
Egypt’s Brutal Crackdown on Workers’ Rights 2019-04-03 [CounterPunch]
BWI General Secretary Mission to Strengthen Regional Leadership 2019-03-22 [BWI]


Equatorial Guinea

Free Ramón Esono Ebalé! 2017-12-06 [Equal Times]
INVESTMENT IN EQUATORIAL GUINEA WILL NOT END HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES 2015-06-24 [Equal Times]


Eritrea

President Held Discussions With Workers' Organizations 2017-04-08 [Shabait]
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]


Ethiopia

Garment workers make clothes for some of the world's largest clothing brands but get paid the lowest 2019-05-12 [CNN]
Worker turnover and unrest undermines Ethiopia sourcing 2019-05-10 [Just Style]
Garment workers are the lowest paid in the world 2019-05-07 [FOX]


Gabon

Oil workers' strike halts Vaalco terminal output 2019-03-28 [Reuters]
Oil workers suspend VAALCO terminal strike 2019-03-28 [NASDAQ]
Oil union calls off strike at Total facilities 2018-12-12 [Reuters]


Gambia

Drivers Union Observes A Day Off In Solidarity With Members, Villagers 2018-06-22 [Foroyaa]
Journalist brutally assaulted and arrested 2018-06-22 [IFJ]
67 construction workers sacked 2017-12-13 [Foroyaa ]


Ghana

Tema Port Expansion Project: Akufo-Addo invites workers over MPS deal 2019-05-12 [Ghanaweb]
Mine Workers Throws weight behind Social Partnership Council 2019-05-05 [The News]
Mine workers back call for Social Partnership Council 2019-05-03 [Ghanaweb]


Guinea-Bissau

Public workers end strike in Guinea-Bissau after pay deal 2018-08-03 [The Daily Mail]
Civil servants strike over salary increase demands 2018-07-25 [Africa News]
No news in Guinea-Bissa as public media workers join strike 2018-07-18 [Vanguard]


Kenya

Kenyan union signs collective agreement with Isuzu East Africa 2019-05-17 [IndustriALL]
Fear of disease outbreak at ailing Kerugoya hospital as stinking toilets welcome patients 2019-05-12 [Tuko]
Nurses Union blames deaths on quacks 2019-05-12 [The Standard]


Lesotho

Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa strengthened by solidarity 2019-04-18 [IndustriALL]
Organizing diamond mineworkers in Lesotho 2019-04-11 [IndustriALL]
Workers in Lesotho’s ‘Garments’ Sector Threaten Strike 2019-03-23 [Newsclick]


Liberia

Liberia Workers Win Large Pay Raise 2019-01-08 [Solidarity Center]
PSI lobbies for the rights of public sector unions and workers in Liberia 2018-11-28 [PSI]
Unfair dismissal of union officials by Firestone Liberia condemned 2018-11-09 [IndustriALL]


Libya

NOC calls for safe return of head of oil union taken in east 2019-05-05 [Reuters]
14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya 2019-02-17 [AFP]
Photographer killed during clashes between militia near Tripoli 2019-01-21 [IFJ]


Madagascar

IndustriALL and Rio Tinto set QIT Madagascar Minerals on the path to constructive social dialogue 2019-02-18 [IndustriALL]
Victory as strike ends at Rio Tinto QMM in Fort-Dauphin, Madagascar 2018-03-14 [IndustriALL]
IndustriALL and Rio Tinto make joint mission to Madagascar 2018-02-09 [IndustriALL]


Malawi

Midwives give government 30-days ultimatum 2019-05-16 [Nyasa Times]
MCSTU urges President Mutharika to comsider main stream civil servants in promotion 2019-04-12 [Nyasa Times]
Strike Paralyses University of Malawi, Students Worried 2018-10-19 [allAfrica]


Mali

Rail workers get ITF union support after deadly hunger strike 2019-03-25 [ITF]
Union attracts 95% following with strike 2019-01-10 [Political Analysis]
Main trade union Center announces a three-day strike from 9 to 11 January 2019-01-10 [African Daily Voice]


Mauritania

Workers likely to return later on Sunday 2018-03-21 [Steel Guru]
Iron ore miners end strike 2018-03-19 [Le Journal]
Mauritanian Workers Get N92,520 New Minimum Wage 2018-03-13 [leadership]


Mauritius

CMWEU Mauritius Calls the Government to Fight Gender Based Violence 2019-04-23 [BWI]
Union demands salary increase and end of discrimination at the Metro Express Project 2018-05-28 [BWI]
How fashion brands are tackling modern slavery in Mauritius - and the role of unions 2018-03-05 [Thomson Reuters Foundation]


Morocco

Global union delegation attends National Express AGM 2019-05-10 [ITF]
Multiple Unions, Thousands of Protesters March on Labor Day 2019-05-02 [MWN]
Government Announces General Wage Boost for Public Workers 2019-04-27 [Asharq al-Awsat]


Mozambique

PSI mourns death and destruction left by Cyclone Idai 2019-03-21 [PSI]
Workers call on the govt to protect their rights 2019-02-18 [Myanmar Times]
Building Workers On Strike in Afungi 2018-12-06 [allAfrica]


Namibia

Lone women security guards at risk 2019-05-03 [The Namibian]
NUNW: Proud history, uncertain future 2019-05-01 [The New Era]
Commercial farm workers’ basic salary competitive – NAU 2019-04-30 [The New Era]


Niger

Reality of Right to Health in Niger - Political commitment needed 2019-05-01 [PSI]
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]


Nigeria

Use Paris Club refund to settle workers’ salary arrears, Ekiti labour tells Fayemi 2019-05-20 [The Sun]
Workers Tell Fayemi What To Do With Paris Club Refund 2019-05-20 [The Independent]
Arrest of Sex Workers is ‘Targeted Violence’ against Women, Says WANEP 2019-05-18 [This Day]


Rwanda

Fresh appeal for new minimum wage on Labour Day 2019-05-02 [Xinhua]
Labour union demands better safety for miners 2018-06-10 [The New Times]
Illegally dismissed SYPELGAZ trade union members to return to court on June 4 2018-05-28 [PSI]


Sao Tome and Principe


Senegal

ITF backs Senegalese workers in BRT project 2019-05-20 [ITF]
Young Senegalese and Ivorian teachers come together for quality education and effective trade unions 2019-04-20 [Education International]
Row erupts between union and non-union teaching staff 2019-04-06 [UWN]


Seychelles


Sierra Leone

On Labour Day…….. Workers Praise President Bio 2019-05-05 [Global Times]
Iluka resumes operations at Sierra Leone rutile mine as strike ends 2018-12-02 [Reuters]
Iluka strike action continues at Sierra Rutile 2018-11-29 [Mining]


Somalia

Arrests of soldiers over torturing two journalists deal a major blow to impunity 2019-03-27 [IFJ]
Somali labor official is among 5 killed as extremists attack a government building 2019-03-24 [LATimes]
Veteran journalist and three media staff killed in bombing attack in Somalia 2018-12-25 [IFJ]


South Africa

End of the road for the Socialist Revolutionary Workers’ Party? And what future for Numsa? 2019-05-20 [Daily Maverick]
KwaZulu-Natal eThekwini's uncollected rubbish causes huge irritation for residents 2019-05-20 [Sunday Tribune]
Axed Fedusa head says workers can still benefit from AYO shares 2019-05-20 [Fin24]


South Sudan

Sowing the seeds of peace in South Sudan 2019-04-17 [Equal Times]
Oil employees call off deliberate strike 2019-03-19 [Brinkwire]
South Sudan: Pythagoras in the trenches 2017-08-10 [Equal Times]


Swaziland

RSSC opens up, invites all stakeholders 2019-12-20 [Swazi Observer]
Swaziland union demand Equal Pay and Equal Opportunities for women 2019-03-15 [PSI]
eSwatini fights for free political expression 2019-03-14 [Mail & Guardian]


Sudan

IFJ demands military rulers end gross interference in journalists' union 2019-04-30 [IFJ]
'Million-strong march' for civilian rule 2019-04-26 [BBC]
Massive union-organized crowds at Sudan's Defense Ministry demand civilian rule 2019-04-26 [Deutsche Welle]


Tanzania

Informal transport workers boost union membership 2019-02-28 [ITF]
IFJ regrets the death of journalist Timothy Kitundu 2019-02-25 [IFJ]
NGO trains women leaders on sextortion, gender violence at workplace 2018-12-30 [IPP Media]


Togo

Health workers intensify calls on government to address deplorable conditions 2018-04-02 [PSI]
Togo unionists poised for week-long strike 2018-03-18 [journalducameroun]
Healthcare workers join strike as protests mount 2018-02-01 [News 24]


Tunisia

Two thousand municipal cleaners demand safe working conditions and statutory recognition for their profession 2019-05-16 [PSI]
New Crisis With Fuel Transport Worker Strike 2019-05-02 [Bloomberg]
Grève générale régionale à Sidi Bouzid 2019-04-29 [Business News]


Uganda

Teachers’ Strike Starts Tomorrow as Gov’t Workers vow to Join Them 2019-05-20 [Chimp Reports]
IUF members denounce ‘Miss Curvy’ Uganda beauty contest tourism promotion 2019-03-12 [IUF]
Teachers in Uganda Threaten to Down Tools Over 'Poor Salaries' 2019-03-05 [allAfrica]


Western Sahara

National Teacher's Day commemorated in the Wilaya of Aaiun 2019-01-02 [SPS]
UGTSARIO celebrates National Day of Sahrawi Workers 2018-10-21 [SPS]
Sahrawi Lawyers Union denounces plunder of Western Sahara resources 2018-01-03 [SPS]


Zambia

3,000 jobs lost expose precarious working conditions in Zambia’s copper mines 2019-05-16 [IndustriALL]
Glencore's Zambian unit to close two mine shafts 2019-05-12 [Africa News]
Zambian union on organizing blitz for contract mineworkers 2019-04-01 [IndustriALL]


Zimbabwe

Workers Union ZCTU Promises To Announce “Way Forward” Soon 2019-05-19 [Pinula News]
Zim workers sing the blues 2019-05-19 [The Standard]
Zimta pulls out of ZCTU 2019-05-18 [Newsday]
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