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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

Algerians begin 3-day strike in protest of finance bill 2016-11-23 [MEM]
Teachers, others strike to protest finance bill 2016-11-22 [The Mail]
Teachers and medical workers threaten strikes over tax hikes and frozen wages 2016-11-20 [Associated Press]


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

Boko challenges workers to ‘straighten’ politicians 2016-12-09 [Mmegi]
Eleven strike victims die awaiting reinstatement 2016-12-07 [Mmegi Online]
Gov’t slammed for unemployment 2016-12-07 [Mmegi]


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

Silence and short memories Burundi 2016-08-25 [Equal Times]
Burundi: Oppression of Unions and Civil Society Intensifies 2016-02-23 [Solidarity Center]
Burundi Crackdown on Journalists Forces Many into Exile 2016-02-01 [Solidarity Center]


Cameroon

Teachers press government to take action for improved status 2016-12-03 [Education International]
Bus Strike Expected to Disrupt Africa Women's Cup of Nations 2016-11-17 [VoA]
Tensions Rise Between Cameroon Workers, Chinese Companies 2016-11-05 [VoA]


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

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]
Oil drilling workers start three-day strike over pay 2014-03-10 [Reuters]


Comoros


Congo


Cote Divoire

Settlement reached for state oil workers in Ivory Coast 2016-05-17 [IndustriALL]
Boost education to cut child labour on Ivory Coast cocoa farms - charity 2016-04-30 [Thomson Reuters]
Women cocoa farmers struggle with less pay, land and training compared with men 2016-03-08 [Fairfax Media]


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

Message from the campaign to defend Trade Union Freedoms (Egypt) to the Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC) 2016-11-24 [CTUWS]
Court finds members of the journalists union guilty of sheltering fugitives 2016-11-20 [Ma'an News Agency]
Journalist Union head sentenced to two years jail 2016-11-20 [Middle East Eye]


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

TUC Aid project update: Supporting employment rights of disabled people in Ethiopia 2016-06-24 [TUC]
Defying censorship, hunger stories emerge from Ethiopia 2016-04-29 [Equal Times]
Facing the living wage challenge in Ethiopia 2016-04-14 [IndustriALL]


Gabon

Gabon oil workers to end strike at Onal field on Wednesday 2016-10-25 [Reuters]
Oil workers to end strike at Onal field on Wednesday 2016-10-25 [Reuters]
Oil workers strike cuts output from Onal field 2016-10-20 [The Mail]


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

There and Back Again: Conceptualising the Chinese Gold Rush in Ghana 2016-12-07 [Chinoiresie]
Mine workers aggrieved over unfair treament by employers 2016-12-03 [The Graphic]
12 labour unions extend strike ultimatum to Nov. 21 2016-11-17 [Ghanaweb]


Guinea-Bissau

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


Kenya

Health workers' strike set to escalate 2016-12-09 [Xinhua]
Crisis deepens as private hospitals plan to join health workers' strike 2016-12-09 [The Standard]
Nurses’ strike driven by huge disparities in salaries and allowances 2016-12-09 [The Standard]


Lesotho

Unions demonstrate to save AGOA 2016-12-01 [IndustriAll]
LCS fires staff union boss 2016-11-02 [Lesotho Tiomes]
Bidvest deal a rip-off 2016-10-02 [Lesotho Times]


Liberia

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]
RadioLabour interview with NAHWAL leaders ActNOW! 2016-11-21 [RadioLabour]


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

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]
Judiciary workers down tools over salary harmonization 2016-12-02 [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

Big protests over death of fishmonger demanding justice and dignity 2016-11-20 [Middle East Eye]
Fikri’s Death: Trade Unions Declare Three Days of Strike 2016-11-17 [MWN]
Protests after fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck 2016-11-05 [Guardian]


Mozambique

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]
Mozambique: Negotiations Over Minimum Wages Begin 2016-02-24 [AIM]


Namibia

MUN leader to be buried at Nkurenkuru 2016-11-25 [The New Era]
Council Workers Demand Agreed 10 Percent Increase 2016-11-14 [The Namibian]
NBC offers 6% salary increment 2016-10-26 [The Namibian]


Niger

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]
Management at Areva mine say strike violates bonus deal 2016-05-04 [Mining Weekly]


Nigeria

Fuel scarcity looms as NUPENG gives notice of strike 2016-12-09 [News 24]
Union plans warning strike over workers’ welfare 2016-12-08 [Pulse]
Workers threaten strike over sack gale by airlines, operators scramble to avert action 2016-12-07 [The Guardian]


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

Call for trade barriers 2016-12-07 [News 24]
Numsa reiterates rejecting minimum wage, throws shade at Ramaphosa 2016-12-07 [Creamer's]
South Africa: Illegal Strike Costs 200 Mpumalanga Municipal Workers Their Jobs 2016-12-05 [All Africa]


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

TUCOSWA warns Langa Bricks management 2016-11-25 [The Observer]
Langa Bricks management withdraws 50 cents offer 2016-11-24 [The Observer]
There’s nothing sweet about Swazi sugar sector 2016-10-26 [Equal Times]


Sudan

Minister dismisses doctors strike as a flop 2016-10-07 [The Review]
Opposition Party Calls On Medics to Strike 2016-09-13 [Radio Dabanga]
UNAMID national staff to continue strike while awaiting decision from New York 2016-08-05 [The Tribune]


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

Textile and garment union sees strong growth 2016-12-07 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Thousands of Tunisian lawyers join protest against new taxes 2016-12-07 [MEMO]
UGTT union threatens public sector general strike for Dec. 8 2016-12-07 [Reuters]


Uganda

ift Valley Railways Workers Call Off Strike 2016-11-08 [The Monitor]
Museveni Rejects Doctors Pay Plea 2016-08-15 [The Daily Monitor]
Parliament orders Bridge Academy schools closed 2016-08-12 [Education International]


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

Firing five ZESCO Directors is corporate sabotage 2016-12-07 [The Times]
ZESCO workers oppose its pending privatisation 2016-11-29 [times]
ZCTU commemorates golden jubilee 2016-11-21 [The Daily Mail]


Zimbabwe

Council Workers Mull Strike 2016-11-28 [The Herald]
Tourism workers demand bonuses 2016-11-28 [The Chronicle]
Lovemore Matombo Thrown Out of Office 2016-11-17 [Financial Gazette]
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