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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

A question of dignity: a dark year for Algerian unions 2017-10-17 [IndustriALL]
Crisis in Algeria between PM and trade union 2017-08-28 [MEMO]
The horror of the slave market detention centres in Libya. Algerians tell 2017-08-22 [TRT World]


Angola

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]
2 000 Angolan port workers strike over pay 2016-08-26 [News24Wire]


Benin

The Illegal trade supplying Benin’s fuel needs 2017-05-08 [Equal Times]
Vague presidential promise keeps campuses closed 2014-03-29 [University World News]
Trade unions to strike on Tuesday 2014-01-07 [Panapress]


Botswana

Manual Workers’ Union Defrauded of P700,000 2017-10-17 [The Monitor]
BMWU irked as BCL demands housing rental 2017-08-04 [Mmegi]
Boko roots for BOFEPUSU, BOPEU reconciliation 2017-07-24 [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

Calls to free Ahmed Abba grow as mystery surrounds appeal hearing 2017-08-18 [IFJ]
After 35 years of abuses of power, youth in Cameroon want to make their voices heard 2017-07-28 [equal times]
Shabby treatment of Dockers triggers mass demonstration at Douala Port 2017-05-19 [Concord]


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

Chad: tentative progress on trade union rights 2017-04-11 [PSI]
Government wont pay striking workers 2016-12-26 [Africa News]
Oil workers end strike after Chinese employers raise pay 2014-03-19 [Reuters]


Comoros


Congo


Cote Divoire

Union bashing in Ivory Coast’s oil sector must end 2017-07-20 [IndustriALL]
Ivory Coast: union condemns lay-offs at Libya Oil 2017-04-27 [IndustriALL]
State oil workers strike in Ivory Coast 2017-02-16 [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

2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders goes to Mohamed Zaree 2017-10-11 [Amnesty International ]
Unions back workers striking for fair pay at the Cairo office of AFP news agency 2017-10-10 [IFJ]
International trade unions urge Egypt to release detainees ActNOW! 2017-10-04 [Associated Press]


Equatorial Guinea

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

7 Ethiopian construction workers killed in fire at Chinese run construction site for new FIFA stadium 2017-09-08 [GCR]
CBE's Labour Union Tops Fresh Blood Executives 2017-09-06 [Addis Fortune]
This Horrific Video of an Ethiopian Domestic Worker Falling in Kuwait Must Prompt Change 2017-04-04 [OkayAfrica]


Gabon

Remy Ebanega and the ANFPG: Breaking through for footballers in Gabon 2017-03-29 [UNI Global Union]
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]


Gambia

Transport Ministry Reacts to Drivers' Strike 2017-08-25 [allAfrica]
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]


Ghana

PURC Workers Welcome Dismissal Of Their Boss 2017-10-14 [Modern Ghana]
COSECA regrets stand-off in energy sector 2017-10-05 [GNA]
Tier 2 brouhaha: 12 unions call off strike, await joint committee decision 2017-09-29 [Joy]


Guinea-Bissau

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


Kenya

Strike costs global tea firms dearly 2017-10-20 [The Daily Nation]
Nairobi County union officials arrested on bribery claims 2017-10-19 [The Daily Nation]
Union support for university lecturers’ strike move 2017-10-19 [Education International]


Lesotho

Union keeps up wage demands 2017-08-15 [IndustriALL]
Letseng speaks on unions claims 2017-07-31 [Lesotho Times]
Unions reject 7% wage hike 2017-07-21 [Lesotho Times]


Liberia

Workers get out the vote, monitor elections 2017-10-20 [Solidarity Center]
30 Hospitalized from Gold Mine Chemical Leakage 2017-10-06 [Daily Observer]
National Health Workers Union Unveils New Leadership 2017-09-27 [Daily Observer]


Libya

Benghazi university staff mulling strike over pay 2017-10-20 [The Herald]
Education Minister announces salary promotions for teachers, October 15 as school year's start 2017-10-13 [Libya Observer]
Fuel crisis hits Benghazi as tanker drivers strike but water returning 2017-10-13 [Libya Herald]


Madagascar

African unions demand Madagascar act on Malagasy 43 as ITF tells ICTSI to back up statements with actions 2017-10-18 [Hellenic Shipping News]
Malagasy unions prepare for global day of action against precarious work 2017-10-06 [IndustriALL]
Dockworkers protest at Parliament as global union warns Africa against partnering with ICTS ActNOW! 2017-06-13 [Hellenic Shipping News]


Malawi

Barbaric Acts: MCTU to Report Malawi Govt to ILO in Geneva 2017-09-27 [Nyasa Times]
Court clerks strike over housing benefits 2017-08-01 [The Times]
Musicians Union of Malawi calls on urban artists to be party to MUM 2017-07-29 [Nyasa Times]


Mali

Bank and insurance workers launch 3-day strike 2017-08-23 [Reuters]
Health workers end month-long strike in Mali 2017-04-17 [news24]
Mali doctors strike paralyses hospitals 2017-03-17 [malaysiasun]


Mauritania

West African state Mauritania says US anti-slavery visit 'illegal' 2017-09-12 [News24]
Failng to eradicate slavery and forced labour 2017-07-06 [Equal Times]
Mauritania is failing to eradicate slavery and forced labour 2017-07-04 [Equal Times]


Mauritius

Seven on hunger strike for living wage 2017-10-19 [IndustriALL]
Mass demonstration against Chinese Contractors 2017-08-16 [BWI]
Workers on the streets for their rights 2017-02-10 [BWI Global Union]


Morocco

In face of mass protests over killing of fishmonger the limits of democratization exposed 2017-10-18 [Atlantic Council]
Trial of seven accused of allegedly promoting independent journalism postponed 2017-10-13 [Middle East Eye]
Women’s Rights in Morocco: Balancing Domestic and International Law 2017-10-13 [Atlantic Council]


Mozambique

Too heavy a burden to bear: Mozambique’s illegitimate loans must be cancelled 2017-08-08 [Equal Times]
Two journalists beaten 2017-07-25 [IFJ]
Mozambique Increases Minimum Wages in Spite of IMF Warning 2017-04-20 [bloomberg]


Namibia

Union Mounts National Campaign to Boycott Shoprite 2017-09-20 [The New Era]
Over 3,000 Job Losses in Pilchard Industry 2017-09-06 [New Era]
Nunw Infight Stinks of Political Flavour - Analysts 2017-08-26 [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

NLC, TUC, ASUU, SSANU React to Nigerian Govt's Move to Implement 'No Work, No Pay' ‎during Strikes 2017-10-21 [The Times]
Aviation unions withdraw strike ultimatum 2017-10-20 [The Daily Trust]
Kogi Workers Vs Government: Compromise Still Far 2017-10-20 [The Independent]


Rwanda

Decent Work for the Rwandan Worker - a Labour Day Reflection 2017-05-01 [allafrica.com]
Trade unions petition courts over dismissal of former EWSA employees 2017-04-30 [The New Times]
Spotlight Shone on Managers Over Breach of Labour Laws 2017-01-24 [New Times ]


Sao Tome and Principe


Senegal

The latest workplace elections shuffle the deck of teacher trade unionism 2017-09-06 [Education International]
Pushing back precarious work in Senegal 2017-07-03 [IndustriALL]
The Senegalese fishermen trapped between hunger and exile 2017-04-04 [Equal Times ]


Seychelles


Sierra Leone

Water no get enemy? Not in Sierra Leone… 2017-09-04 [Equal Times]
Solidarity following Sierra Leone mudslide 2017-08-24 [PSI]
Salpost workers strike 2017-05-19 [Awoko]


Somalia

ITUC Condemns Somalia Atrocity 2017-10-19 [ITUC]
75+ Union Members among Those Killed in Somalia 2017-10-19 [Solidarity Center]
UNI sends message of condolence and solidarity after bomb blast kills more than 230 2017-10-17 [UNI Global Union]


South Africa

Job ad: whites only, please 2017-10-22 [City Press]
North West Did killed mine worker strike a deal with state? 2017-10-22 [City Press]
Nzimande and Vavi: former allies reunited as Zuma outcasts 2017-10-22 [City Press]


South Sudan

South Sudan: Pythagoras in the trenches 2017-08-10 [Equal Times]
Government blocks two news websites 2017-07-20 [IFJ]
President Kiir fires judges over strike 2017-07-14 [Canadian Labour Reporter]


Swaziland

Bring back AGOA status, say unions 2017-09-06 [IndustriALL]
Union takes SANU to court 2017-08-22 [The Observer]
Nedbank workers continue with strike 2017-08-19 [The Observer]


Sudan

A view from the 1950’s into Sudan’s leading women’s activist 2017-08-25 [Al-Arabiya]
Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim emancipation as a craft 2017-08-25 [Sudan Tribune ]
Education Sector Threatens With Strike 2017-08-19 [Radio Dabanga]


Tanzania

Real Grim World of Domestic Workers 2017-10-09 [The Citizen]
Transport Services Paralysed for Over Four Hours 2017-08-22 [allAfrica]
Zanzibar shows how tourism spreads HIV globally 2017-08-17 [New Internationalist]


Togo

Journalists, editors face insults and death threats 2017-09-01 [IFJ]
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]


Tunisia

Metalworkers announce sector-wide strike 2017-10-17 [IndustriALL]
UGTT calls for support for the Syrian president in his 'war against terrorism' 2017-08-28 [Middle East Eye]
Labour union mobilises against 'racist' C-Star ship 2017-08-16 [ANDA]


Uganda

Trains Grounded As Over 400 RVR Workers Strike 2017-08-04 [allAfrica]
Kyambogo opens Saturday after staff strike is called off 2017-08-02 [New Vision]
Strikes by students and workers poses a security threat, says former minister 2017-07-17 [KFM]


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

KCM declares dispute with mine unions over transfer workers 2017-10-17 [Lusaka Times]
Nation has over 595,000 child workers 2017-10-17 [ZNBC]
Zambian union rejects precarious work in copper mines 2017-10-04 [IndustriALL]


Zimbabwe

Unions organizing against all odds 2017-10-18 [IndustriALL]
Vendor ban targets vulnerable workers 2017-10-12 [Solidarity Center]
Who is Linda Tsungirirai Masarira? 2017-10-11 [Buklawayo 24]
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