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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

Unions refuse formation of new government and insist on Bouteflika’s departure 2019-03-19 [The Monitor]
In Algeria, women say NO to a fifth term for President Bouteflika 2019-03-15 [PSI]
Time for real democracy in Algeria 2019-03-12 [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

Ministry backtracks on teachers allowances 2019-02-17 [Mmegi Online]
Public Service Salary Negotiations Underway 2019-02-08 [The Patriot]
Zibani Philomen's camp suffer another blow 2018-09-05 [The Monitor]


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

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]
Female Police Officers Demand Appropriate Working Conditions 2017-03-13 [lwacu]


Cameroon

Unions call for peace, solidarity and the protection of livelihoods as Cameroon sinks deeper into violence 2018-08-20 [IUF]
Campost workers plan a new strike 2018-07-26 [The Business Times]
Water back in public hands 2018-05-02 [PSI]


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

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]
IndustriALL demands respect for workers’ rights and permanent jobs in the Ivory Coast 2018-04-17 [IndustriALL]


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

Dealt “deadly blows” by the regime, freedom of press in Egypt is disappearing 2019-01-25 [Equal Times]
A delegation of representatives of Independent Union Organizations heads to the office of the prime minister after failing to meet with the minister of labour 2019-01-18 [CTUWS]
Italy investigating 5 Egyptians in student's murder 2018-12-05 [Yahoo]


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

Police take 3 IL&FS officials into custody over unpaid wages 2018-12-05 [PTI]
Project helps female garment workers guard against exploitation 2018-12-01 [Just Style]
IL&FS workers held hostage by unpaid staff 2018-12-01 [Bloomberg]


Gabon

Oil union calls off strike at Total facilities 2018-12-12 [Reuters]
Workers Go On Nationwide Strike, Call For Reversal Of Recent Constitutional Changes 2018-12-12 [ANN]
Oil union begins three-day strike after layoffs 2018-12-11 [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

Why teachers are saying no to Ark schools 2019-03-20 [Education International]
Education unions give “red flag” to government for plans to privatise public education 2019-03-13 [Education International]
Education unions give “red flag” to government for plans to privatise public education 2019-03-13 [Education International]


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

Medics to strike on Friday for 2017 deal 2019-03-18 [The Standard]
Kepsa says ongoing airport workers strike unnecessary 2019-03-07 [The Star]
Aviation Workers Strike, Stall Operations in Kenya's Main Airport 2019-03-07 [VoA]


Lesotho

Factory dismisses half its workforce 2018-10-04 [Lesotho Times]
Cosatu throws weight behind teachers 2018-09-19 [Lesotho Times]
Workers get $138 as new minimum wage 2018-08-31 [The Nation]


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

14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya 2019-02-17 [AFP]
Photographer killed during clashes between militia near Tripoli 2019-01-21 [IFJ]
Government must act against attacks on journalists and the media 2019-01-11 [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

Strike Paralyses University of Malawi, Students Worried 2018-10-19 [allAfrica]
Labour pains at University of Malawi, staff go on strike 2018-10-16 [The Nyasa Times]
Calling Malawians Monkeys - Terrastone Workers Strike Over Racisist Boss 2018-10-09 [The Nyasa Times]


Mali

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]
Election workers suspend strike before presidential vote 2018-07-05 [Al Jazeera]


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

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]
Minimum wage win for unions in Mauritius 2017-12-13 [IndustriALL]


Morocco

Women farm workers achieve justice on the job 2019-03-08 [Equal Times]
Persecution of union members 'totally unacceptable' 2019-02-19 [ITF]
Union office for Alsa-National Express to open in Tangier 2019-02-07 [ITF]


Mozambique

Workers call on the govt to protect their rights 2019-02-18 [Myanmar Times]
Building Workers On Strike in Afungi 2018-12-06 [allAfrica]
International support in new union creation 2018-10-05 [Education International]


Namibia

Strike forces Skorpion Zinc to shut down refinery 2019-03-18 [The Namibian]
Basil Read workers call off wildcat industrial action 2019-03-07 [The Namibian]
Mineworkers strike over unfair labour practices 2019-02-28 [New Era Live]


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

Senate approves N30,000 minimum wage 2019-03-19 [Punch]
Senate approves 30,000 minimum wage for workers 2019-03-19 [Pulse]
Osun Electricity Protest : NUJ condems attack on members 2019-03-19 [Vanguard]


Rwanda

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]
Labour Day to Be Marked in Rubavu District 2018-05-01 [The New Times]


Sao Tome and Principe


Senegal

Senegal: Unions build strength through organizing and collaboration 2019-03-12 [IndustriALL]
Pan-African News Agency Workers Go on Strike 2018-08-11 [Prensa Latina]
President tasks unions with sustaining peace 2018-05-03 [Le Journal]


Seychelles


Sierra Leone

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]
President urges end to strike at Iluka's rutile mine 2018-11-28 [Reuters]


Somalia

Veteran journalist and three media staff killed in bombing attack in Somalia 2018-12-25 [IFJ]
Journalist survives attempted murder amid presidential campaign 2018-12-13 [IFJ]
UN must take action to defend journalists’ human rights 2018-09-30 [IFJ]


South Africa

South Africa: Workers striking against precarious work at Arcelor Mittal 2019-03-20 [IndustriALL]
Gauteng Amcu loses another court battle over mine strike 2019-03-19 [Business Day]
ArcelorMittal South Africa strike will continue, says Numsa 2019-03-19 [The Citizen]


South Sudan

Oil employees call off deliberate strike 2019-03-19 [Brinkwire]
South Sudan: Pythagoras in the trenches 2017-08-10 [Equal Times]
Government blocks two news websites 2017-07-20 [IFJ]


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

In solidarity with human rights activists 2019-03-19 [Education International]
Bashir's state of emergency fails to end protests 2019-02-26 [BBC]
'This is not just a protest over bread and fuel, it is a revolution':Sudanese doctors speak out 2019-02-04 [Mena Solidaity network]


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

‘Made in Tunisia’: the worker-casualties of the globalisation of the textile industry 2019-03-14 [Equal Times]
‘Made in Tunisia’: the worker-casualties of the globalisation of the textile industry 2019-03-14 [Equal Times]
UGTT to set up support centers to defend migrant workers' rights 2019-02-18 [IUF]


Uganda

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]
Education union urges public authorities to keep promise of improved working and living conditions 2019-02-27 [Education International]


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

Zambia: Three mineworkers die in underground fire 2019-02-12 [IndustriALL]
MUZ urges govt to reject FQM’s unsolicited bid to buy out ZCCM – IH 2019-02-10 [The Times]
CB workers down tools, demand January pay 2019-02-05 [The Mast]


Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe in 2019: the state we’re in and the roadmap forward 2019-02-28 [Equal Times]
ITUC Africa General Secretary released from detention in Harare 2019-02-27 [ITUC]
UNI condemns detention of Kwasi Adu Amankwa at Robert Mugabe International Airport 2019-02-27 [UNI Global Union]
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