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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

IndustriALL condemns arrests of trade unionists in Algeria 2017-03-23 [IndustriALL]
ITUC Demands Release of Algerian Trade Unionists 2017-03-22 [ITUC]
Will there be a late Arab Spring in Algeria? 2017-02-10 [The National Review]


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

BFTU Delegation Prepares For The 2017 ILO Conference 2017-03-07 [The Monitor]
Government can't win against workers! 2017-02-27 [Weekend Post]
Motsamai’s legacy divides opinions 2017-01-30 [The Post]


Burkina Faso

Burkina road strike wins action on worker concerns 2017-02-14 [iTF]
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]


Burundi

Female Police Officers Demand Appropriate Working Conditions 2017-03-13 [lwacu]
UN Says Delayed Peacekeeper Salaries Soon to Be Paid 2017-01-24 [Iwacu]
Trade union confederation leader arrested 2016-12-30 [Iwacu]


Cameroon

‘Digital refugees’, repression and the death penalty – Cameroon’s escalating language conflict 2017-02-21 [Equal Times]
Cameroon: Bamenda - Teachers Trade Unions Suspend Strike Action 2017-02-06 [All Africa]
roon: North West - Teachers' Strike Enters Sixth Week 2017-01-17 [All Africa]


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

State oil workers strike in Ivory Coast 2017-02-16 [IndustriALL]
Workers extend strike at CNR's Ivory Coast oil and gas fields 2017-02-11 [Reuters]
Workers launch 72-hour strike at CNR's Ivory Coast operations 2017-02-08 [Reuters]


Djibouti

Free Ahmed-Kadar Nour and Omar Ali Ewado ActNOW! 2017-03-24 [Education International]
EI outraged at the arrests of teacher union leaders 2017-03-24 [Education International]
EI welcomes formerly imprisoned teacher unionist 2016-07-08 [Education International]


Egypt

HRW: Egypt stifling the right to strike 2017-03-13 [Middle East Monitor]
IFFCO Egypt union leaders acquitted of criminal charges face retrial 2017-03-13 [IUF]
19 IFFCO workers in Suez acquitted from charges of striking 2017-03-13 [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

CETU unio in campaign for decent work conditions for women 2017-01-26 [Ethiopian Herald]
Two Radio Bilal Journalists Sentenced in Ethiopia On Terror Charges 2017-01-09 [CPJ]
New Policy to Ensure Labour Safety 2016-12-28 [Fortune]


Gabon

Striking teachers call for social dialogue to improve the education system 2017-02-28 [Education International]
Maurel & Prom Gabon strike may spread: Update 2017-02-27 [Argus]
Shell staff, management reach deal to end strike 2017-01-24 [The Daily Nation]


Gambia

The tyrant has fallen – so what now for the Gambia? 2017-01-31 [Equal Times]
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]


Ghana

TUC urges government to raise tax-free threshold 2017-03-22 [The Graphic]
PURC workers union calls for dissolution of ‘dysfunctional board’ 2017-03-21 [Joy]
New MiDA Board must be open-minded about ECG - PUWU urges 2017-03-14 [Joy]


Guinea-Bissau

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


Kenya

Trans Nzoia nurses call off 44-day strike 2017-03-25 [Mediamax]
Kenya: doctors return to work after crippling 100-day strike 2017-03-24 [Equal Times]
Kenya: doctors return to work after crippling 100-day strike 2017-03-23 [Equal Times]


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

Onside: The Drivers’ Union of Liberia 2017-03-22 [liberianobserver]
Child Labor At Christopher Duncan's Mines 2017-03-14 [New Dawn]
Ebola fighter, Times 2014 Person of the Year, dies in child birth 2017-03-03 [Time]


Libya

EU to pay Libya to keep refugees out of Europe 2017-02-04 [ETUC]
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]


Madagascar

Global protests target Govt in campaign over sacked dock workers 2017-03-01 [ITF Global Union]
Global protests target Madagascan Government in campaign to reinstate sacked dock workers 2017-03-01 [Hellenic Shipping News]
Dock Workers Treatment Prompts Union Demonstrations Around the Globe 2017-03-01 [Handy Shipping Guide]


Malawi

Admarc Staff Continue Strike Day 2, Demands Pay Rise 2017-03-17 [Nyasa Times]
University of Malawi changes Chanco opening dates over academic staff strike 2017-03-16 [Nyasa Times]
Govt Finally Brings Back 60 Trafficked Women From Kuwait 2017-03-14 [Nyasa Times]


Mali

Mali doctors strike paralyses hospitals 2017-03-17 [malaysiasun]
Mali health workers strike over pay 2017-03-16 [AfricaNews]
Miners suspend five-day strike after ministry move 2016-10-25 [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

Workers on the streets for their rights 2017-02-10 [BWI Global Union]
Magnetic Card vs Bus Ticket: Union Workers Mention Potential Problems 2016-03-13 [Island Crisis]
Plight of garment workers highlighted 2015-06-06 [Fibre2Fashion]


Morocco

The Dramatic Story Of The ‘Mule Women’ Of Morocco 2017-03-19 [EurAsis Review]
Retirement not end of line for pioneering woman train driver 2017-01-26 [iTF]
Workers from throughout the country march in Agadir in support of rights for DOHA fish workers 2017-01-15 [IUF]


Mozambique

Bus Workers Threaten Strike Action 2017-03-17 [AIM]
Bus Workers' Strike Called Off 2017-02-07 [allAfrica]
Children Abandoning School for Artisanal Mining 2017-01-23 [AIM]


Namibia

Standard Bank and Union Ink Wage Agreement 2017-03-15 [Economist]
MUN, Skorpion still deadlocked 2017-03-14 [The Namibian]
Al-Dahra workers unhappy with working conditions 2016-12-12 [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

Strike: Aviation union urges Arik to respect resolutions 2017-03-26 [The Tribune]
LG autonomy: NULGE threatens strike 2017-03-26 [The Tribune]
To Comrade Bene at 70 2017-03-26 [The Tribune]


Rwanda

Spotlight Shone on Managers Over Breach of Labour Laws 2017-01-24 [New Times ]
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]


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

Trade unions call for an end to intimidation and impunity 2017-03-18 [Equal Times]
Somali trade unions call for an end to intimidation and impunity 2017-03-17 [equal times]
IFJ urges new government to protect journalists following savage attack 2017-03-15 [IFJ]


South Africa

Zama zamas are at the bottom of the illegal mining food Chain 2017-03-27 [Business Day]
Vavi’s new trade union federation gets rolling 2017-03-27 [Business Day]
NUMSA to intensify RAF strike, threatens total shutdown 2017-03-27 [Eyewitness News]


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

Swazi affiliate challenges union busting at textile factory 2017-03-19 [IndustriALL]
Your 'Rabidly Intolerant Regime Is A Dismal Failure', Swazi's King Mswati III Told 2017-03-13 [Huffington Post]
Strike At Swazi King's SADC University 2017-01-24 [Swazi Media Commentary]


Sudan

Kordofan Teachers Boycot Examinations 2017-03-15 [Radio Dabanga]
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]


Tanzania

Tanzania to send 500 doctors to Kenya following end to strike 2017-03-20 [DW]
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]


Togo

PPPs and the Right to Health: PSI French-speaking Africa Affiliates Call for People over Profit 2017-02-20 [PSI]
Phosphate miners launch new strike 2016-08-26 [eNCA]
Togo: IUF evaluation and planning workshop for domestic workers 2015-12-01 [Vicky Kanyoka]


Tunisia

Comparative study on criteria for union representation 2017-03-25 [TAP]
Suspension of classes: no agreement between Prime Ministry and UGTT 2017-03-24 [TAP]
Labour union calls for teachers not to strike 2017-03-23 [Middle East Monitor]


Uganda

Workers' Unions Threaten Strike Over Pension Reforms 2017-03-23 [ugandaradionetwork]
First International Symposium on Community Health Workers starts in Uganda 2017-02-22 [PSI]
Rail workers continue tradition of resistance to the ‘iron snake’ 2017-01-10 [Waging Non-Violence]


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

ZCTU accuses Labour Minister of inciting workers 2017-03-18 [Lusaka Times]
Ambassador writes to South AfricanMine Union protesting comments about his country 2017-03-13 [Times of Zambia]
Poisoned profits: decades later Zambians pay the terrible cost of lead mining 2017-02-28 [Equal Times]


Zimbabwe

Some highlights from the Labour Zero Amendment Bill 2017-03-23 [chronicle]
Chinotimba fighting to retain control of workers union 2017-03-21 [bulawayo24]
ILO Sends Zimbabwe Back to the Drawing Board 2017-03-17 [Financial Gazette]
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