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Labour news from Africa


Algeria

IndustriALL demands release of Algerian union leaders 2017-12-12 [IndustriALL]
Chinese firm facilitates Vietnamese workers in Algeria 2017-11-28 [Vietnamplus]
A question of dignity: a dark year for Algerian unions 2017-10-17 [IndustriALL]


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

Health sector unions call off two-month strike 2017-11-05 [The Mail]
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]


Botswana

Manual workers union likely to amend constitution 2017-12-13 [Mmegi]
Manual Workers’ Union Defrauded of P700,000 2017-10-17 [The Monitor]
BMWU irked as BCL demands housing rental 2017-08-04 [Mmegi]


Burkina Faso

Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso summons Libyan ambassador over slavery claims 2017-11-22 [Libyan Express]
United education union front for a better teacher status 2017-10-24 [Education International]
Burkina road strike wins action on worker concerns 2017-02-14 [iTF]


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

University Lecturers Call Off Strike 2017-12-02 [Cameroon Tribune ]
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]


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

New trade union law undermines freedom of association 2017-12-15 [AI Monitor]
Parliament approves law regulating unions and. ban on political activity at youth centres 2017-12-06 [Ahram Online]
Key Italian newspaper stands by criticism of Giulio Regeni’s supervisor 2017-12-05 [Varsity]


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

Park life: workers struggle to make ends meet at Ethiopia's $250m industrial zone 2017-12-07 [Guardian ]
Ethiopia: Union recruits in industrial parks 2017-12-06 [IndustriALL]
Unions prioritise women workers' rights in Ethiopia 2017-12-03 [Just Style]


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

67 construction workers sacked 2017-12-13 [Foroyaa ]
Gambia: Jammeh’s victims begin the long road to justice and healing 2017-11-14 [Equal Times]
Gambia: Jammeh’s victims begin the long road to justice and healing 2017-11-14 [equal times]


Ghana

Mine Workers Union To Picket Parliament Today 2017-12-14 [Peace FM]
Mine Workers’ Union rejects Goldfields’ reason for sacking workers 2017-12-13 [Citi FM]
Goldfields workers go to court over dismissals 2017-12-13 [Ghanaweb]


Guinea-Bissau

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


Kenya

Union members banned from holding elected office, confrontation coming with government 2017-12-14 [The Nation]
Aviation union grounds operations of Kenyan Airways 2017-12-12 [The Nation]
Lecturers in Kenya public universities have called off strike action 2017-12-11 [Coastweek]


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

Amnesty accuses EU of pushing Libya 'slave trade' 2017-12-13 [IOL/Reuters]
UN migration agency urges Facebook to combat modern slavery human traffickers 2017-12-09 [DW]
Nermin Al-Sharif gets passport back, thanks to global union campaign 2017-12-08 [ITF]


Madagascar

Union-busting and dismissals at main port highlight the struggle facing workers on this impoverished island 2017-11-28 [The Guardian]
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]


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

Teacher unions united in call to save the national education system 2017-11-28 [Education International]
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]


Mauritius

Minimum wage win for unions in Mauritius 2017-12-13 [IndustriALL]
Cleaners in Mauritius gain hard-earned victory 2017-11-03 [IndustriALL]
A victory against casualization of labour after 10 days of Hunger strike 2017-10-31 [BWI]


Morocco

Moroccan unions to march to demand oil refinery reopens 2017-10-26 [IndustriALL]
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]


Mozambique

Trade Unions Warn Against Wage Freeze 2017-11-23 [allAfrica]
Ematum Workers On Strike 2017-11-23 [AIM]
Head of Employers' Confederation Calls for Wage Freeze 2017-11-23 [AIM]


Namibia

Labour Ministry Urged to Address Workplace Discrimination 2017-12-02 [New Era]
Swakop Uranium counters grievances by workers 2017-11-24 [The Namibian]
MUN fails to stop congress delegates 2017-11-24 [The Namibian]


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

Oil union to meet government before planned strikes 2017-12-13 [Reuters]
Union grounds Kenya Airways operations 2017-12-13 [The Daily Trust]
Pensioners accuse Ngige of promoting factionlization of union 2017-12-12 [The Guardian]


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 Australian mining project threatening homes, livelihoods and political stability in southern Senegal 2017-11-10 [equal times]
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]


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

Journalist killed by car bomb 2017-12-13 [IFJ]
FESTU Calls ILO Conclusions On Somalia False and Misleading and Urges ILO to Be Fair On Festu Case 2017-11-29 [Dalsan Radio]
Federation of Somali Trade Unions warn International Labor Organization to be to be fair 2017-11-24 [Mareeg]


South Africa

Saftu threatens mass strike if outsourcing is not addressed immediately 2017-12-15 [News24]
ANC Conference will deliver nothing to the workers and the poor 2017-12-14 [Daily Maverick]
Government pension fund wants seat at the Steinhoff table in future 2017-12-14 [Fin24]


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

Border crossings slow as staff strike 2017-12-13 [The Observer]
Swaziland Electricity Company is concerned that the strike action by its employees may result in a massive disruption 2017-11-08 [The Observer]
Bring back AGOA status, say unions 2017-09-06 [IndustriALL]


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

TAZARA suspends train services over striking Zambian employees 2017-12-12 [Xinhua]
VIDEO: Women workers in Zambia and Tanzania pledge to fight violence 2017-12-10 [IndustriALL]
Missing journalist caps off tough year for press freedom in Tanzania 2017-12-09 [DW]


Togo

Education trade unions join forces to improve teachers' living and working conditions 2017-11-25 [Education International]
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]


Tunisia

Nobel prize-winning trade unions are holding the country back 2017-12-15 [The Economist]
UGTT says Trump’s Jerusalem decision a declaration of war, calls for protests 2017-12-07 [Reuters ]
Union and government reach agreement on Tunisia food prices 2017-12-02 [MEMO]


Uganda

Prisoners' to Get Pay Rise for Labour 2017-12-13 [The Monitor ]
Judicial Officers Suspend Strike 2017-12-13 [The Monitor ]
Nurses, midwives call off planned strike over low pay 0 2017-12-08 [Brinkwire]


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

TAZARA workers resume work 2017-12-13 [ZNBC]
TAZARA workers end strike 2017-12-13 [Xinhua]
Women workers in Zambia and Tanzania pledge to fight violence 2017-12-09 [IndustriALL]


Zimbabwe

Mnangagwa orders Zim workers should be paid before Xmas 2017-12-15 [NAN]
A First in Many Years. Government Pays Civil Servants On Time 2017-12-15 [New Zimbabwe ]
Female Teachers Raise Gender Based Violence Red Flag 2017-12-13 [The Herald]
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